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Lady Emma Barnard

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex is Lady Emma Barnard, who was appointed in 2022. 


Lady Emma was brought up in Ireland. She read English Language and Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford, and took an M.Phil in Shakespeare and Early English Drama. Since 1994 she has lived at Parham House, near Pulborough, an Elizabethan house with award-winning gardens owned by a charitable trust. She is Chairman of Parham Park Ltd, which maintains Parham and opens it to the public. 

Lady Emma was High Sheriff of West Sussex in 2017-2018. She became a Deputy Lieutenant in 2019.

Lady Emma is a Patron of the British Evacuees Association and the Coroner’s Court Support Service. In June 2022 she came to the end of a six-year term as Chair of the Patrons of the National Gallery, London.  She is a trustee for a college fund of Lincoln College, Oxford. 


In West Sussex Lady Emma supports a number of charities and voluntary organisations as Patron or President.

Lady Emma’s husband James is a barrister, and they have two adult sons.

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