Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Mrs Gillian Norton OBE DL
Appointed Rep DL: 2016
Gillian Norton has been Chairman of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since April 2017. She spent her executive career in local government serving as Chief Executive for a total of 23 years, the last 17 of which were in the London Borough of Richmond. She is a Freeman of the Borough and was awarded OBE in 2017 for services to local government.
The Duchess of Sussex visits Brinsworth House
On 18 December 2018 Gillian received the Duchess of Sussex when she visited Brinsworth House in Twickenham, a residential and nursing home for retired show business people run by the Royal Variety Charity. As well as being shown round the home, the Duchess spent a great deal of time talking to many of the residents, joining in carol singing and craft activities. It was a wonderful occasion very much enjoyed by the residents and the Charity employees.
St George’s Day Parade
Sunday 22nd April Gillian joined hundreds of Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, the Deputy Mayor, the local MP, councillors and senior scouting officers for the Borough’s annual St George’s Day Parade.
It was a splendid occasion with the exceedingly long procession snaking its way through the streets of Twickenham in a festive atmosphere. It was lovely to see so many young people supported by their families proudly wearing their uniform and showing their commitment to service.
Prince Charles visits Kew Gardens
11th July- Gillian received HRH Prince Charles when he visited Kew Gardens to see the refurbished Temperate House and open the Pagoda. The visit finished in glorious sunshine and some lucky schoolchildren had almost the last word.
On a lovely summer’s day on 8 June Gillian received the Duchess of Cornwall when she attended the live broadcast of BBC 2’s Breakfast Show’s 500 Word Final at Hampton Court Palace.
After presenting the Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces and Senior BBC Executives, Gillian watched the Duchess being driven into the open air auditorium in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by presenter Chris Evans. It was a great occasion with lots of children and their parents. The competition encourages creative writing in various age categories and the winning stories, which were read by a number of the judges, themselves children’s authors, were terrific.
On 19 April the Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Lisa Blakemore and the Deputy Lieutenant recognised the successes of Borough Cadets at a presentation in the Parlour followed by a buffet. The Cadets were joined by their families and Commanding Officers and the Mayor spoke about how much the Borough valued the work of the Cadet Forces and she hoped the event would mark the beginning of strong links between them and the Council.
On 16 April there was a very special ceremony in Barnes to unveil the Victoria Cross Commemoration stone for Captain Alfred Carpenter RN VC , later Admiral Carpenter. The Mayor and Admiral Carpenter’s granddaughter unveiled the stone, the Representative Deputy Lieutenant explained the history of the Victoria Cross Stone initiative and Naval representatives outlined Captain’s Carpenter’s great bravery at the battle of Zeebrugge in 2018