Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Barnet

BarnetMHC Russell Esq MBE DL FCT

Appointed : 2006

Martin Russell provides education in the ways of wholesale financial markets to a range of institutions and firms in London and beyond. He became a banker and later a corporate treasurer, and has served with the Regular, Reserve and Cadet Forces. A family man, each of his sons is an officer in the Regular Army, and his daughter a Reservist.

Martin was awarded a MBE in the 2024 New Years Honours List for services to the community in the
London Borough of Barnet.


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CCJ dedicates a tree to the memory of former CCJ Patron Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – September 2023

On the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, Friday 8 September 2023, the Council of Christians and Jews dedicated a tree in Mill Hill Park, in the London Borough of Barnet. Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Barnet, Martin Russell, addressed the small gathering to mark the occasion.

The tree was dedicated ‘to the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who was CCJ Patron from 1952-2022 and in celebration of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, May 8th 2023.

Zaki Cooper, former CCJ Trustee and current CCJ Vice President who helped organise the event, noted the crucial role the Queen played in the UK’s journey to being the diverse, multi-faith country it is today. ‘She stewarded that journey in a very skilled and subtle way’, Cooper noted. ‘The King, too, is well known for his passion for creating and sustaining harmonious relations between different faiths, both in the UK and internationally.’ 

Vivian Wineman, CCJ Vice Chair, spoke of his personal reminiscences of the Queen, many of them from his time as President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, including a private audience with Her late Majesty at Windsor Castle.

Representative Deputy Lieutenant Martin Russell Esq, who grew up near Mill Hill Park, spoke of the late Queen’s role as head of the Church of England, and the way she was able to unite people.
‘Her late Majesty was a wonderful woman’, Russell said. ‘The Queen reminded us at least annually of the importance of religion. In those forthright, straightforward, articulate, inspirational Christmas addresses she spoke of her own faith, and the nation’s collective faith, and the fact that there are some certainties. And that has inspired religious leaders; it has enhanced them and liberated them…it is perfectly clear to me that King Charles III will be every bit as good. His links to the Jewish faith are deep, and sincere.’

Our thanks to the Representative Deputy Lieutenant and to the Greenspaces team at the London Borough of Barnet for making this dedication possible.

Revd Dr Nathan Eddy
Council of Christians and Jews
Faith House,
7 Tufton St
London SW1P 3QB

Tree Planting On Hadley Common – November 2022

On 14 November, the birthday of His Majesty The King, four trees were planted on Monken Hadley Common, three of them Black Poplars, as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy scheme.  Each tree was provided by a Barnet organisation: Chipping Barnet Town Team; Barnet Rotary and Barnet Museum and Local History Society in front of a crowd of about forty supporters.  The Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Barnet – Mr Martin Russell – attended the ceremony.

Mr Martin Russell DL attended an Inauguration ceremony for the new Vice Chancellor of Middlesex University on the 29th  March 2022

Planting three magnolia trees outside Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium on Friday 11 March for the Platinum Jubilee.

The 50th anniversary of the Installation of Fr Hugh Moore

Mr Martin Russell DL,  attended the Mass to mark the 50th anniversary of the Installation of Fr Hugh Moore as Parish Priest at St Alphage, Hendon.

Those present included the Bishop of Fulham, the retired Bishop of Edmonton, and the Archdeacon of Hampstead.

St Alphage Church was built to support the needs of the community at and supporting RAF Hendon, and was intended to become the Central Church of the Royal Air Force until the war intervened.



The Scout Association’s ‘Silver Wolf’ award

In a small ceremony in his home, Mr Edward James WARDLE is presented with the Scout Association’s ‘Silver Wolf’ award for distinguished service as a leader over 53 years.

Mr Wardle, a retired Police Sergeant, received the award on Saturday 9th October 2021 in the company of fellow Leaders of 19th Hendon Scout Group.  Regrettably he is suffering from advanced liver cancer.

Finchley Memorial Hospital – Unveiling and Dedication of a new war memorial

The Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet attended the Unveiling and Dedication of a New War Memorial on Sunday 26th September. The Unveiling was by General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB OBE DL and the Dedication by the Bishop of London. Other Deputy Lieutenants who were in attendance were, Mrs Anne Cable MBE DL, Mr Simon Ovens DL,   Ms Rozane Zand DL, Captain Peter Baker, RNR DL and Mr Piers Storie-Pugh DL.

Centenary of St Michael and All Angels

The Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet attended a service on 24 June 21 attended by the bishop of London, to mark the centenary of St Michael and All Angels, Flower Lane Mill Hill, NW7.

the Investiture of  Mr Richard Pollins BEM

The Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet presented Mr Richard Pollins with his British Empire Medal at a private ceremony in his garden on the 9th July. Mr Pollins was awarded the BEM in the 2020 Birthday Honours list for Services to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.


Service at Dutch war graves

A ceremony took place at the Dutch War Cemetery in Mill Hill on Wednesday 14 July 2021, to emulate the ceremony in Holland where Dutch schoolchildren lay flowers on Allied graves each year. In attendance on behalf of the Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet was John Purnell GM QPM DL, and the Dutch Naval and Military Attache, Capt (RNLN) Gerrit Nijenhuis.

Jewish Care Rosetrees 20th Anniversary

The Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet attended the Jewish Care’s Rosetrees home to mark the twentieth anniversary of the opening by HRH The Prince of Wales.


550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet

The Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet attended a brief service for the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet on the 14th April.  The service commenced with a Silence for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Rev Dr Martin Wellings Welcome Service

At the welcome service for the new Methodist Superintendent Rev Dr Martin Wellings, his wife and Rev Dr Jongikaya Zilhe, one of the Chairs of the London District of the Methodist Church Sunday 30 August 2020

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Armed Forces Day 2020

Barnet was due to mark the occasion with a ceremony held at the RAF Museum, Hendon, but the current situation led to the event being cancelled.

Although this year’s ceremony was cancelled, Armed Forces Day flags have been raised above Hendon Town Hall by the Mayor, and outside council offices at Barnet House by Deputy Lieutenant Martin Russell.


Representatives from the Greater London Lieutenancy attended Son et Lumiere production at Monken Hadley Church which celebrated the 525th anniversary of the church’s restoration and which takes its inspiration from the history of Barnet.

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The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London presented a Barnet resident with their British Empire Medal. Rachel Levy is a Holocaust survivor who lives in Jewish Care accommodation in Golders Green and has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Holocaust education.

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Armed Forces Day 2019 at RAF Museum in Hendon

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Deputy Lieutenant’s Certificate Awards at RAF Museum in Hendon

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Service to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Action in Moguang, Burma

Service to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the action in Moguang, Burma, in which Captain Michael Allmand and Cpl Tulbahadur Pun, both 3/6 Gurkha Rifles, won the Victoria Cross, and in which Allmand lost his life.  

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Allmand worshipped in the church, of St Edward the Confessor, Golders Green where he is commemorated in the East window, beneath which family members are supported by local Gurkhas and other members of the Regimental Association.

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19th Hendon Scout Group AGM

20 June 2019

Representative Deputy Lieutenant and Patron, with Deputy Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Lachyya Gurung, presenting awards.

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75th Anniversary of D-Day in Barnet

6th June 2019

The Mayor of Barnet, assisted by the Deputy Mayor, raise the Armed Forces Flag to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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Presentation of the Queen’s Award for Endeavour to Eskenzi PR


The ACF Awards Evening


On the 18th of March 2019 Martin attended the Middlesex and North West London ACF Awards evening. Martin pictured with Cllr Lisa Rutter, former Mayor of Barnet, and Lt Col Angela Richardson, Deputy Commandant and also Mayor’s Officer.

Visit to the RAF Museum

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On the 14th of March 2019 Martin Russell took a visit to the RAF Museum to try out the virtual reality experience on the Dambusters Raid.

Martin with the Barnet Borough Archivist, Hugh Petrie outside the office of Barnes Wallis.

RAF Museum, Hendon; Friday 8 February 2019

Martin Russell was pleased to be invited to attend the farewell party for Rebecca Dalley, who after 12 years of sterling service, leaves on appointment as Chief Executive of the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire.

While at Hendon, she developed community relations, particularly with the nearby Grahame Park estate, and later was closely involved in the Museum’s redevelopment plans to coincide with the centenary of RAF, hence this fine cake.


Martin as Father Christmas



Martin Russell, Patron, as Father Christmas at HomeStart Barnet, Brent & Harrow Christmas Party.

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Boer War memorial

On 11th July 2018 at Christ Church, Chipping Barnet, Martin Russell attended Boer War memorial.

It was not only the Great War dead who are commemorated. Here, they remembered locals who died in the Boer War.



Martin Presents a Jack Petchey Award to Sara Peacock



Congratulations to Sara Peacock who was awarded a Jack Petchey Award for achievement in Scouting. Sara helps every week with the 20th Finchley (Jewish) beaver scout pack for boys. She comes straight from her school (Hasmonean) to beavers each week – and has tirelessly volunteered – running programmes for the children. Pictured below is Sara with the Queen’s representative for Barnet – Martin Russell Esq DL FCT who presented the award. The beavers is part of a larger scout group which runs activities each week for about 40 children a week. She is following in the footsteps of her parents who also both volunteer for the group.


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