Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Southwark

Simon Duckworth Esq OBE DL

Appointed Rep DL: 2016

Simon was appointed Representative Deputy Lieutenant in March 2016


Born and educated in South-West London, Simon is a Cambridge graduate who has a range of non-executive roles in the public and private sectors. A former Chairman of the City of London Police Authority, Simon chaired the National Olympics Security Oversight Group from 2009-12, and helped establish the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, where he serves as a Board Member. He helped to set up and develop the National Crime Agency and was the senior non-executive Director at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) until 2019.

Simon briefly served with the HAC in the early 1980s but was appointed as Deputy Hon.Colonel of the Royal Military Police in 2012, an unexpected promotion! He was appointed as the Hon.Colonel of the newly formed 1 MP Brigade in 2015, and was commissioned into the Engineering and Logistic Staff Corps in the same year. He is also Vice-Chairman of the City’s RFCA.

Simon has been a member of the City’s Court of Common Council since 2000, and acted as Deputy Leader for the City Corporation from 2017-20, until mobilising as a Reservist for Operation RESCRIPT. Simon has been serving at the UK’s Standing Joint Command since then as a Colonel on the Staff. He was appointed a DL in 2008, and as one of HM’s Lieutenants for the City of London in 2010. Married to Caroline, they live in Southwark, a stone’s throw from the IWM, but spend parts of the year at Caroline’s parental home on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth just outside Edinburgh.

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Sea Cadet Petty Officer Tracy Stevens receives an award – 14 March 2024

Sea Cadet Petty Officer Tracy Stevens, of Southwark Unit, has been honoured with the Lord Lieutenant’s Award for her exceptional dedication and meritorious service to the cadets of London. She was presented with the award for displaying ‘outstanding leadership’ in her field by the Lord Lieutenant for Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa.

National Holocaust Memorial Day – Sunday 28 January 2024

The Worshipful the Mayor of Southwark Councillor, Michael Situ, and Deputy Lieutenant, Mrs Lynne Cooper DL, joined a gathering to commemorate the Holocaust Memorial Day 2024.  Wreaths were laid in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum, Southwark.

Colonel Simon Duckworth attended the Remembrance Service at Southwark Cathedral.

Simon Duckworth

Proclamation Reading – Sunday 11 September 2022

Colonel Simon Duckworth OBE DL attended the Reading of the Proclamation in Southwark.

Proclamation – Southwark video

Commemorating the life of His late Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – 2022

Colonel Simon Duckworth attended the Choral Evensong at Southwark Cathedral, on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant,  in Commemoration and Thanksgiving for the life of His late Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The Laying Up of the Old Colours of The 2nd Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, Southwark Cathedral – 9th September 2021.

Colonel Simon Duckworth OBE DL,  attended The Laying Up of the Old Colours of
The 2nd Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment,  at Southwark Cathedral on the 9th September 2021.