Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants
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Mr Branch lives in Maidenhead and is a former House Master and Head of English at Eton College. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2010. He has been a Justice of the Peace for many years. He is a past Chairman of the East Berkshire Magistrates Bench and has been active nationally in the Magistrates’ Association. He is also a member of the Berkshire Shrievalty Committee. Mr Branch was appointed a Lay Steward at St.George's Chapel, Windsor in 2016.
Mr Branch is a very active member of both his local community and beyond. He is a past Chairman of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Decorative and Fine Arts Society. His is a member of the Berkshire Art Fund Committee. He is an active member of the Windsor and District Macmillan Cancer Support Committee. He is also a Trustee of Slough Town Hall Trust.
The Lord-Lieutenant is supported in his work by a team of Deputy Lieutenants across the county. The size of the population of Berkshire determines the maximum number of DL’s that the Lord-Lieutenant may appoint. Berkshire currently has 27 active Deputy Lieutenants who form an influential body of people well placed to support the county in many ways.
Deputy Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant. They come from all walks of life and all parts of the County and are all people who have given significant service to their country or county. The role of Deputy Lieutenants, like that of the Lord-Lieutenant is non-political.
Deputy Lieutenants reflect a broad range of services to the community, cultural background, ethnic mix, gender and social range. Their local and specialist knowledge and experience is increasingly being used to positive effect in key sectors ranging from education to youth services, and from business to the rural economy. They are the eyes and ears of the Lieutenancy in our local communities and liaise closely with many organisations through the county.
Deputy Lieutenants support the work of the Lord-Lieutenant. They represent the Lord-Lieutenant in a wide range of public duties and at many engagements throughout Berkshire. They play a particularly important ceremonial role at the many Citizenship Ceremonies held in Berkshire’s six Unitary Authority areas. DL’s are particularly involved in encouraging voluntary organisations and charities – not least through their active work in encouraging and assisting with the assessment process of the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service.
Deputy Lieutenants may wear a special badge when they are representing the Lord-Lieutenant.
Deputy Lieutenants retire at the age of 75 and then join a supplementary list, but carry out no further duties as DL’s,
The Deputy Lieutenants of Berkshire
Christopher Barrett DL
Richard Bennett DL BA (Econ) FCMA
Dr Carolyn Boulter JP DL MA
Charles Brims DL
David Brownlow CVO DL
Simon Carter DL
Paul Dick OBE JP DL
Christopher Dodson OBE DL FIoD
Dr Peter Durrant MBE DL FSA
Mrs Victoria Fishburn DL
Lt Commander Peter Goodacre RD DL
Richard Griffiths DL
Willie Hartley Russell MVO DL
Harry Henderson DL
Dr Christina Hill Williams DL MA FRGS FRSA
The Rt Hon The Lord Iliffe DL
Khan Juna DL
Christopher Khoo DL
Brigadier Stephen Matthews DL FRSA
Adrian McAlpine DL FIoD
Andrew Panter DL
Mrs Mary Riall DL
Professor Suzanna Rose JP DL
Mrs Felicity Rutland DL
Ramnik Saund JP DL
Mrs Sarah Scrope DL
Kiren Sharma MBE DL
HH Judge Zoë Smith DL
Gordon Storey DL
Sean Taylor DL
Hugo Vickers DL
General Sir Redmond Watt KCB KCVO CBE DL
Mrs Christine Weston DL
The Role of Vice Lord-Lieutenant
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant is appointed, with The Queen’s approval, by the Lord-Lieutenant from amongst his Deputy Lieutenants.
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant plays a substantial role in managing Lieutenancy projects. He also deputises for the Lord-Lieutenant on many occasions at royal visits and at other official engagements.
Male Vice Lord-Lieutenants may wear a uniform and lady Vice Lord-Lieutenants wear a special badge.
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant
Jeffrey Branch JP DL MA