Dame Susan Pyper, DCVO

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The current Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex is

Dame Susan Pyper, DCVO who was appointed in 2008. 


Dame Susan studied Zoology at the University of Durham and Immunology at the University of London, before working as a forensic scientist with the Metropolitan Police.  She then spent 11 years serving with the Royal Air Force.  In 1992 she began a distinguished career in the National Health Service serving as Chairman of a number of NHS Trusts including the Western Sussex NHS Primary Care Trust and the Royal West Sussex NHS Trust.  She has also held positions with the Environment Agency and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.   

In 2006 Mrs Pyper was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant and she is also

a Dame in the Order of St John. 

Dame Susan is married to Jonathan and they have adult children.

Dame Susan is actively involved with a number of organisations of which she is Patron, President or Vice President:

Action in Rural Sussex

Army Benevolent Fund (West Sussex)

Bluebell Railway

Care for Veterans

Friends of Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust

Chichester Harbour Trust

The Cybersmile Foundation

Family Support Work

The Lodge Hill Trust

Mother’s Union

The Order of St John

Pallant House Gallery

SERFCA – South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity (Sussex Branch)


St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House Hospices

St Richard’s Hospital Appeal

St Wilfrid’s Hospice

Surrey and Sussex Magistrates Advisory Committee

Sussex Arts Academy

Sussex Clubs for Young People

Sussex Community Foundation

Sussex County Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs

Sussex Historic Churches Trust

Weald and Downland Museum