Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Newham

Kim Bromley-Derry Esq CBE DL

Appointed Rep DL: 2019

Kim was appointed at the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Newham in 2022.

Since October 2018 Kim has been the Board Group Director of Community and Partnerships at McLaren Construction and Development Group.  Prior to his current role he was the London Borough of Newham’s Chief Executive since 2010.  Before becoming Chief Executive at Newham, Kim was an Executive Director of Children’s Services at Newham Council, South Tyneside Council and Leicester City Council leading all aspects of Children and Young people’s services in those local authorities and prior to this has been a senior manager of children’s, adults and social care services in a range of other local authorities.

Kim has represented local government at a national level, for example, he was President of the Association of Director’s of Children’s Services in 2009/10, a member of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives Leadership Board, a Member of the Government’s Social Work Taskforce, Chair of the government’s National Early Intervention Advisory Board, Chair of the National Inter-agency Group, a Member of the government’s National Adoption and Fostering Leadership Group, a member of the London 2017 World Athletics Championships Board and until October 2018 was Chair of the Government’s National Libraries Taskforce.

Until recently he was a Governor at Newham College of Further Education and was a Non-Executive Board Member of both the National College of Creative Industries and the Creative and Cultural Skills Agency.

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

Freedom of the Borough of Newham

Former Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Newham, Mr John Barber, received the Freedom of the Borough of Newham. Mr Barber held the Deputy Lieutenant role for the London Borough of Newham from 2007 to 2022.

Friday 17th June 2022 – The 282 ATC East Ham DL  Award

Roman Road School Visit

Mr John Barber DL  visited Roman Road School London E6 and met various classes and the School Council.

The Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations

Photos of Professor Dr Nadey Hakim with Monsignor John Armitage and  Mr John Barber DL after lighting the beacon at Silver Town and the unveiling of the bronze bust of HM the Queen by Professor Hakim. The bust was a gift from Cribbs Ltd undertakers for the British Legion.



Volunteer Police Cadet Awards

Mr John Barber DL attended the Volunteer Police Cadet Awards

Jubliee Tree Planting

Mr John Barber DL joined the Mayor of Newham to plant a tree in honour of the Jubilee

Mr John Barber DL visited the Metropolitan Police Recruitment fair in Stratford, on the 10th March

The Lord-Lieutenant, Sir Ken Olisa OBE, and the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Newham, Mr John Barber DL, visited the Carpenters Cafe in Newham.


Ron Cannon  celebrates 100th year Birthday

The Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Newham, Mr John Barber, presented Mr Ronald Cannon with his 100th-year telegram on the 20th February.

Jack Petchey 2021 Awards 

The Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Newham, Mr John Barber, attended the Jack Petchey Awards, where he presented the Jack Petchey award to approximately  70 young people and 6 Leader Award winners from schools in Newham.

Jack Petchey 2020 Awards 

Young people across the borough were recognised for their selfless achievements at a virtual awards ceremony on the 7 December. In all, 137 recipients aged 11 to 25 were honoured for their contributions to their school or college community at the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards digital event on December 7. Winners received medallions and framed certificates prior to the online event, along with a £250 grant for them to spend to benefit their school or youth group. They included Forest Gate Community School pupil Emmanuel Toko, 14, in recognition of leadership skills shown by running a sports session at a primary school before the lockdown.  Emmanuel continued to be an example to fellow classmates during lockdown through his commitment to remote and in-class learning.

Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Newham, Mr John Barber, spoke at the online event and his speech can be heard here

You can read more about the event here

Mr John Barber DL launches the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal with Ambition Aspire Achieve

The Appeal, now in its 43rd year will be run by Ambition Aspire Achieve and the Newham Recorder in conjunction with Community Links and is already receiving more requests for help than in any of the previous 42 years. Every child helped will be experiencing the ravages of poverty with Christmas a particularly challenging time for each family, with money unavailable to provide the gifts and seasonal foods that so many of us take for granted. Please consider helping the 2020 Appeal this year – together we can make a real difference for some of Newham’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children this Christmas. Please contact the AAA Founder Kevin Jenkins to find out more.

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Mr John Barber DL awards the DL certificate at 282 East Ham Squadron ATCon the 5th October. 

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Newham Heritage Month 1-30th June 

Newham Heritage Month will be hosted as a live heritage festival throughout June 2020. Please click on the following website for information and updates.

A series of three short films will  take you to hidden parts of the House Mill, a Grade I-listed, eighteenth-century mill and the largest surviving tidal mill in the world. Filmed during lockdown by House Mill volunteers the films explore the magnificent panoramic from the roof of the mill, the pattern store with over 2,660 wooden patterns in their collection and the story of how the mill was saved from demolition. Click on the following link to see the films.

You can also follow Newham Heritage month on social media here –

Facebook page

Twitter account

Instagram account

VE Day 75th Anniversary reflections with Deputy Lieutenant John Barber – From Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz 8 May 2020

You can also read more here.


On the 4th March Mr John Barber DL attended the Newham VPC Awards Ceremony. The event was well received in the Borough and the Deputy Lieutenant’s support and encouragement was highly appreciated by the Police Cadets and the Youth Engagement Team.

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support and encouragement to achieve even more is really appreciated by our police cadets and the Youth Engagement Team.

ATC 282 Passing out Awards

Saturday 23rd June 2019

John Barber presented the awards at the ATC 282 passing out awards evening.

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John Barber at West Ham Church with Lynn Brown MP for West Ham and the Speaker of the House of Commons clergy Rose Hudson Wilkin.

Newham VPC Ranelagh Junior Police Cadets

John Barber hands out the Last Cadet Certificates.

Police Cadets

Newham VPC Passing Out Parade

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