Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal Borough of Greenwich

Mr Matt Burrow DL

Appointed Rep DL: 2023

Matt joined the Honourable Company of Master Mariners in 2009 becoming a liveryman in 2014 and served on the Finance & Risk Committee, taking over as Chairman in 2017. He trained at HMS Conway before joining Canadian Pacific as a marine engineer cadet. His career changed course when he joined Railway, Mine and Plantation Ltd where he learned sales and marketing and adapted to railways and mining. His role entailed extensive travel in Africa. He is now the proprietor and chairman of the Holdtrade Group of Companies which carries on the business of trading in Africa and provides engineering for light, narrow gauge, industrial and heritage railways.

As an Old Conway he chairs the Conway Merchant Navy Trust which provides scholarships for MN officer Cadetships. He is also a Trustee of the HMS Conway Trust which is a benevolent charity. Additionally he is the chair of Greenwich, Deptford and Rotherhithe Sea Cadets.

His areas of interests and memberships include: Member of Nautical Institute; Anchorites; TSS; Propeller Club; Naval Club; Conway Club; London Rowing Club and RAC. I am also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.

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HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visits the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice – 11 October 2022

During Hospice Care Week, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, Dr Pieter van Der Merwe, received HRH The Duchess of Gloucester at a visit to the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice in Abbey Wood. The Duchess took the opportunity to meet patients and to thank staff and volunteers for their commitment to the Hospice.  During the visit the Duchess planted a tree in the hospice’s grounds in memory of the later Queen Elizabeth as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Project.

The Duchess and Kate Heap, CEO of the Hospice formally “topping out” the tree

Chinese Information and Advice Centre’s  childrens’ art event celebrating the Platinum Jubilee

The Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Greenwich, Dr Pieter van der Merwe MBE DL  joined the Chinese Information and Advice Centre’s  childrens’ art event celebrating the Platinum Jubilee at Knight Dragon in North Greenwich in April 2022. It was an interesting morning, and good to see the children enjoying themselves with such creative imagination, and to meet parents and some of the Trustees and other helpers.