Deputy Lieutenants

The office of Deputy Lieutenant dates back to 1569.  Deputy Lieutenants played a key role during the Spanish Armada in maintaining a system of beacons to warn of invasion.  Today they assist the Lord-Lieutenant by representing her at a range of engagements.  These include greeting dignitaries at Gatwick Airport, participating in investitures and Queen’s Award presentations, assessing honours nominees and Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service nominations, attending Remembrance Day ceremonies, attending Citizenship Ceremonies and making recommendations for people to attend Royal Garden Parties.


Deputy Lieutenants are appointed at the Lord-Lieutenant’s discretion, subject to the Queen ‘not disapproving of the granting of the commission’.  Deputy Lieutenants will have given outstanding public service and the intention is that they should be broadly representative of the life of the county in social range, gender, community background, ethnicity and location. 


Deputy Lieutenants retire at the age of 75, when they are permitted to retain the letters DL.


West Sussex currently has 28 Deputy Lieutenants although the Lord-Lieutenant is allowed to appoint 49 based on the county’s population of 858,000.  Deputy Lieutenants come from every part of the county, and include influential representatives of the judiciary, the military, finance and business, education, the arts, media and sport.  They are the eyes and ears of the Lord-Lieutenant throughout the county and as well as representing her on official engagements, also do all they can to ensure that she is well-informed about the life of West Sussex.


West Sussex Deputy Lieutenants

Mrs Julia Aisbitt, JP, DL

Mr John Barclay, DL

Lady Emma Barnard, DL

Mr Hugh Bonneville, DL

Mr John Booth, DL

The Lord Egremont, DL, FRSL

Mr Colin Field, DL

Mr Harry Goring, DL

Ms Sally Gunnell, OBE, DL

Mr Neil Hart, DL

Mr Simon Knight, DL

Her Honour Judge Christine Laing QC

Mrs Shelagh Legrave, CBE, DL

Rear Admiral John Lippiett, CB, CBE, DL

Professor Jane Longmore

The Earl of Lytton, DL

Mr John Nelson, CBE, DL

Mrs Caroline Nicholls, DL

The Duke of Norfolk, DL

The Duchess of Norfolk, DL

Mrs Denise Patterson, DL

The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, DL

Mr Gary Shipton, DL

Mr Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, DL

Mr Alan Tait, MBE, JP, DL

The Reverend Rupert Toovey

Mrs Hilary Tupper, DL

Mr Peter Webb, MBE, DL

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Mrs Lilian Holdsworth DL celebrates Suss