Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Croydon

Colonel Ray Wilkinson QVRM TD DL VR

Appointed Rep DL: 2019

Colonel Ray Wilkinson is the Chief Executive of East Anglia RFCA, supporting Reserves & Cadets throughout the region on behalf of the MOD, by managing their estate, providing professional support staff to the Cadets, and maintaining links with the civilian community. col-ray

He has served in numerous third sector voluntary appointments, mostly with organisations in Greater London, including Working with Words, a Social Enterprise based in Woolwich, the Sir William Boreman Trust, a grant making trust for young people in Lewisham and Greenwich, and MCCH Society, a social care provider with services based in and around London and the South East.  He is currently a Trustee of Zetetick Housing, a charity that provides specialist housing for vulnerable people mainly within the Borough of Croydon. A former Territorial Army and Army Reserve Officer he is now privileged to be the Honorary Colonel of 71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment, which has sub units in the City, the Borough of Bexley, the Borough of Croydon, the Borough of Hillingdon, the Borough of Waltham Forest, and the County of Essex. Ray is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of The Drapers Company.  He is married to Elizabeth, a retired Hospital Play Therapist, and they have two adult sons and two grandchildren.

Further information about the London Borough of Croydon can be found at

The students were proud to be hosts to Colonel Ian McRobbie, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Croydon, at the graduation, who presented them with their certificates and joined in with celebrations.

July 2017:

A group of Year 8 students from the Oasis Academy have been working together to improve their teamwork skills and citizenship knowledge as part of a course provided by CVQO. The group have spent their time learning lifesaving skills, raising over £100 for their chosen charity, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and taking part in a range of adventurous activities such as climbing and abseiling. All students have now achieved a BTEC Level 1 qualification following completion of the course which culminated in a Graduation Ceremony in front of friends and family