Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of the City of Westminster

Mr Stuart Shilson LVO DL

Appointed Rep DL: June 2019

Stuart is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company. He studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the Inns of Court School of Law in Clerkenwell before being called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. After a number of years in practice, he joined McKinsey’s London office in 1997. From 1999 to 2000 he was a Senior Civil Servant in the Cabinet Office, and from 2001 to 2004 was Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen (for which he was appointed LVO). Throughout his career he has combined a busy professional life with providing extensive support to a number of charities; these include The Order of St John where Stuart has spent more than 20 years, including as President of the Richmond & Watney Mortlake Division of the St John Ambulance and ultimately as a member of The Order’s worldwide governing body. Stuart is a Fellow of Goodenough College, London, and a member of the Court of the Drapers’ Company which focuses its charitable activities on education, the armed forces, social exclusion and mental health in London. He also serves as an Honorary Steward at Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Borough

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GWR Poppies to Paddington Remembrance Service – Friday 10th November 2023

Great Western Railway (GWR) marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War with a Remembrance service at Paddington Station attended by the community, Nicola Aiken MP and Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Gareth Neame OBE DL.

Six ‘Poppy’ trains collected more than 200 wreaths from GWR stations across the network ahead of the service at Paddington’s iconic war memorial on Platform 1. GWR especially remembered the 81,000-Armed Forces personnel who took part in the Korean conflict, particularly those of the Gloucester Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers, who were involved in some of the heaviest fighting.

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Windrush – Sunday 25 June 2023

Mr Stuart Shilson, RDL for Westminster, attended the Windrush 75 celebrations at the  Parish church of St John the Evangelist, Kensal Green on Sunday 25 June.  The celebrations included the opening of the new Woodland Garden and, in the presence of the Bishop of London, the Windrush Choral Evensong to give thanks to those who came to Britain aboard The Empire Windrush 75 years ago.

The Church’s Children’s Jubilee Choir and the Choir of St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace gave the premiere performance of All Are One, a new work by Dawn Walters commissioned for the occasion.

Photo credit: Richard E Ward

Photo credit: Richard E Ward

The Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations

Paddington  Recreation Ground Big Lunch

Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie visited the Westminster Platinum Jubilee Lunch at Paddington Recreation Ground on Sunday June 5th 2022 and were received by Kevin Traverse-Healy DL.

Mr Kevin Traverse-Healy DL greeting walkers of the Platinum Jubilee Walk of Faith at Westminster Abbey on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant on Friday June 3rd, 2022.

On Friday 3rd June, the Chinese Information and Action Centre, Chinatown, presented Westminster representative Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Kevin Traverse-Healy DL, with a collage created by children of the community in tribute to HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Westminster.

Lighting the City of Westminster Platinum Jubilee Beacon on Thursday 2nd June 2022 at Paddington Recreation Ground. Photos: Westminster Council

Kevin Traverse-Healy DL, presenting a Queen’s Award for Enterprise to Armour Communications Limited at the head office on Millbank, Westminster.

Mr. Kevin Traverse-Healy presented the Cadet Certificates and Duke of Edinburgh Awards to the Westminster Volunteer Police Cadets on the 21st October . The Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster also attended.

Westminster Police Cadets DL and DofE Awards Oct 2020

Mr. Kevin Traverse-Healy attended the flag raising ceremony in Westminster to mark Armed Forces Day 2020. The flag was raised by the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster, Cllr Jonathan Glanz.

Armed Forces Day Westminster June 24 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London SW1, and were received by Mr. Kevin Traverse-Healy (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London).

The Duke & Duchess Cambs Holocaust Mem service received by KT-H     Duke and Duchess Cambs - holocaust memorial Central Hall

Dr Paul Knapman, Honorary Colonel of the Westminster Dragoons, attended the D Day centenary event in Normandy.  The regiment were in the first wave at Gold beach on D day.

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Dr Paul Knapman received HRH The Duke of Sussex at a conference on  veterans mental health at Kings College , London , on 14 March 2019

Westminster Abbey

The Guidon of the Westminster Dragoons was laid up in its regimental church, Westminster Abbey, near the coronation chair on 7 February 2019 .  It was instigated by Paul Knapman DL who is Honorary Colonel.

the Lord Mayor of Westminster hosted a Reception for the award of Deputy Lieutenant certificates to Cadets, 11 February 2019

HRH The Duke of Cambridge  attends attends a Reception at the UK Chamber of Shipping

HRH Prince Harry attends kings College , London for a symposium on Veterans Mental Health and is received by Dr Paul Knapman DL, March 2018

Centenary of the Jerusalem Dinner of the Westminster Dragoons in December 2017.

Impax Asset Management receives Queens Award for Enterprise 2017

HRH The Countess of Wessex , as Patron of the Defence Medical Welfare Service , attended dinner at the National Police Bravery Awards at the Dorchester Hotel on  13 July 2017.   Seen here being presented to Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police , and Steve White , Chair of the Police Federation.

HRH The Countess of Wessex presented PC Michael Otterson , PC Sara Currie , and Sgt. Elliott Richardson with the Region 2 Bravery Award.  They also received the overall award at the conclusion of the evening.

HRH The Countess of Wessex is presented to PC Caroline Holt from Derbyshire police , one of the nominated police officers.

Dr Paul Knapman DL attended the Civic Service of the new Lord Mayor of Westminster at Westminster Abbey on 2 July , and also a Reception in College Gardens  ( and here seen  also with Cadets from 291 ATC).


Dr Paul Knapman DL is received by the Rector of  St Marylebone at the Annual Interfaith Service. Also in attendance was the new Lord Mayor of Westminster.


Reception on 30 March for Reserves and Cadets at Westminster City Hall hosted by the Lord Mayor of Westminster Councillor Steve Summers

Presentation of Deputy Lieutenant’s Certificate to Cadet Sgt Faaruq Mansary, Army Cadet Force.

Dr Paul Knapman, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for City of Westminster with Major Rob Pitt, Officer Commanding A (London Scottish) Company The London Regiment.

Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster Councillor Steve Summers and Dr Paul Knapman, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for City of Westminster.

Presentation of Deputy Lieutenant’s Certificate to Cadet Ruta Dubinskaite, St John Ambulance Cadets