Deputy Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant at her discretion, subject only to Her Majesty The Queen not disapproving of the granting of the commission. Appointment to the office of Deputy Lieutenant which carries the post nominal ‘DL’ is in recognition of distinguished service to the community, predominantly in a voluntary capacity, or to the country or county.
Although military in origin, the post no longer has any military significance, but every DL undertakes to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in the performance of any duties that may be laid upon him or her. This can include representing the Lord-Lieutenant at formal functions, award ceremonies, citizenship ceremonies or attending Remembrance Day services.
There are currently 36 DLs geographically spread over our county. Short biographies for each of them are below.
The Lord Lieutenant has assigned certain DLs to lead on areas of focus and interest that cover the breadth of social and community enterprise across the county. These are:
|Armed Forces||Tom Lang|
|Charity & Philanthropy||Trevor Smallwood|
|Church and other Faiths||Rev John Davies|
|Commerce, Business & Employment||Robert Drewett|
|Delivery of Health Care||Nick Hooper|
|Heritage & Legacy, Arts, Media & Sport||Edward Bayntun-Coward, Colin Drummond, Tom Mayberry, Sarah Mead|
|Honours and Awards||Andrew Rutherford|
|Law & Constabulary||David Wood|
DL Short Biographies
Edward Allen Esq DL
Born at Butleigh, near Glastonbury, Edward (Ted) James Allen lives near Shepton Mallet (Mendip) with his wife Pat and their two dogs. His family have lived in the area for over 450 years.
They have two married sons; Jonathan, a Pilot with EasyJet based at Gatwick and Nigel, an actor who lives in Bermondsey, Central London.
Educated at Wells and Bristol, Ted served in the former Bristol Police and then Avon & Somerset Constabulary and, after a range of specialist roles and responsibilities – including being the regular ‘face’ of the Police on the weekly HTV ‘Police 5’ programme, spent many years as a Chief Superintendent, District Commander of East Somerset.
After leaving the Police in 2001 he became Business Director of The Marine Society & Sea Cadets based in Lambeth, London and then in 2008 became Chief Executive of a child medical & welfare charity operating in Western Kenya.
He is currently a member of Council of the Royal Bath & West Society, a Chief Steward of the annual Bath & West Show, Chairman of Governors of the Fosse Federation of Schools, Independent Chairman of the Bath & Wells Diocesan Safeguarding Group, committee member of the Somerset & Dorset Branch of the MSSC and President of the Mid Somerset Show.
His hobbies are walking with his dogs, rugby, cars & motorcycles, music (he plays the Trumpet) and working on his home, the garden and surrounding land.
Mrs Jane Barrie OBE DL
Jane has lived in Somerset for most of her life and is presently Independent Chair of the Local Education and Training Board for the South of England, a statutory subcommittee of Health Education England. Its remit is to ensure a NHS workforce fit for the future, to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England. Working across the south, it ensures that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.
During the last 24 years she has held several non-executive Chair roles within the NHS mainly in Somerset and this includes Chair of NHS Somerset, the former Primary Care Trust and Chair of Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority. Nationally, she was a member of the NHS Commercial Advisory Board, Chair of the Strategic Health Authority Chairs’ Network and a member of the NHS Confederation’s Primary Care Trust Network.
A stockbroker by profession, she is a former Regional Director of NatWest Stockbrokers.
She has a keen interest in both education and the voluntary sector, and is currently Chairman of Trustees of both the Somerset Community Foundation and the Bishop Fox’s Education Foundation, and a Patron of St Margaret’s Hospice. She is the former Chairman of Governors of Taunton School and the former Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council for Somerset. She is a Past President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, the global women’s organization whose members work to improve the lives of women and girls through programmes leading to social and economic empowerment.
She was awarded the OBE for services to the NHS in January 2004 and commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2007.
Edward Bayntun-Coward Esq DL
Edward Bayntun-Coward was born at Dunkerton, near Bath, in 1966, and was educated at Monkton Combe Junior School, Marlborough College and University College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. From 1988 to 1994 he worked for Maggs Bros. Ltd in London. He then became a partner in George Bayntun, the antiquarian bookdealers and bookbinders, established by his great-grandfather in Bath in 1894. He has been sole owner since 2000. He was a volunteer and Leader at the Central London Branch of the Samaritans from 1988 until 1998. He was appointed a Trustee of the Bath Preservation Trust in 2004 and was Chairman from 2006 until 2016. He was also Chairman of No.1 Royal Crescent, the Museum of Bath Architecture, Beckford’s Tower and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. He was a Trustee of the Holburne Museum from 2006 until 2011, and returned as Chairman in 2017. He is a Trustee of the American Museum in Britain, Focus Counselling and Somerset Crimebeat Trust and the Patron of BANES Carers’ Centre. He served as High Sheriff of Somerset from March 2016 to March 2017. He is married to Laura, with three children, Lily, Joshua and Beatrice, and lives at Midford, near Bath.
Andrew Brownsword Esq CBE DL
Andrew Brownsword was already an established entrepreneur in his early 20’s and today is head of a family business that employs nearly 1000 people and incorporates property development, hotels, farms and retail enterprises.
Andrew is best known for his Greeting Cards & Gifts publishing business and for creating the spectacularly successful Forever Friends brand which over nearly 25 years was regarded as the industry pace-setter in design and innovation.
He now chairs Brownsword Hotels, Paxton & Whitfield, Queensquare Farming and two family Charitable Foundations one of which secures important works of art for the nation, and the other which supports heritage and health in the South West of England and for which he received a CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
His community and charitable interests include The Holburne Museum, Mission Theatre, RUH and Bath Abbey. He has served on the Council of Bath University and was a member of the Prince’s Trust Business Board.
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell DBE PhD DSc LLD(Hon) CPsychol FBPsS FRSA PFHEA HonFBPsS FAcSSDL
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell was appointed Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bath in 2001. She is a Professor of Psychology. Dame Glynis is a Director of Universities UK, Director of the Universities Superannuation Scheme and Non-Executive Director of the NHS Improvement Board. Her research focusses on leadership, identity processes and risk management.
The Lord Cameron of Dillington DL
Lord Cameron is a former Chairman of the Countryside Agency (1999-2004) and the Prime Minister’s Rural Advocate (2000-2004). He was President of the Country Landowners Association (1995-97) and has lobbied on behalf of the countryside for many years. He was knighted for services to the countryside in 2003. He currently represents rural interests as an independent crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. He chairs the APPG on Agriculture, Food and Development, which promotes improved smallholder agriculture in the developing world. He chairs the Strategy Board of the Government’s Global Food Security Programme that coordinates research into agriculture and the food chain. He is chair of the trustees of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and he is a Lawes trustee at Rothamsted Research station. In 2015 he wrote a report for Government on the effectiveness of departmental rural proofing. He is a director of Dillington Farms in Somerset, which produces milk, potatoes and combinable crops along with domestic and commercial lets. He chaired the Somerset Strategic Partnership from 2004 to 2010. He was founding chairman of Orchard Radio (1989-99) running independent local radio stations in the South West, and also Lets Go Travel Ltd (a SW retail chain) (1998-2006). He currently chairs an internet travel and airport parking company called Airport Direct Travel.
Richard Case CBE DL FRAeS.
On leaving school joined Westland Aircraft as an Engineering Apprentice and during 42 years at the Company served in the roles of Chief Designer EH101 (Merlin Helicopter),Engineering Director,Managing Director of Westland Helicopter and in the final years Chairman of Westland and Managing Director of AgustaWestland. Always proud to be a Professional Engineer and always supportive to all for educational and on the job training to enable everyone to realise their full potential.
Charles GilesClarke, CBE DL
Charles Giles Clarke was born in Bristol, brought up in North Somerset and educated at Rugby School. He graduated from Oriel College, University of Oxford with an MA in Persian with Arabic, spending a year (as the only Western student) at Damascus University and in Afghanistan. He has enjoyed a successful business career starting as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston. In 1981 he bought what was to become Majestic Wine and as Chairman built it into a UK national chain before selling it in 1989. In 1990 he founded Pet City and as CEO, built it into a chain of 94 stores. After taking the business public in 1995, he sold it in 1996. In 1998, he founded Safestore, building it into the UK’s third largest self storage company, before selling it in 2003. He is now Chairman and controlling shareholder of Westleigh Investments, with a portfolio of companies. From 2002-2007 he was a National Council member of the Learning and Skills Council( responsible for adult learning in England and Wales) and a member of the Adult Learning Committee, a statutory body set up by Parliament. He was also Deputy Chair of the EU Task Force on Skills and Mobility and presented its report to the Barcelona Summit in 2002. He was nominated an EU Top 500 Entrepreneur in 1999.
Giles Clarke was Chairman of Somerset CCC from 2002-2007 and a Director of the International Cricket Council from 2007-2018. He has been Chairman of the ICC’s Pakistan Task Team since 2009. He was elected to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2004 ,and was elected ECB Chairman in 2007. He completed 3 terms of office as Chairman, and was elected the first President in 2015, a role from which he retired in 2018.
He is a past Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers. The Giles and Judy Clarke Foundation focuses on supporting small local charities in the West of England,in particular focused upon deprived areas,education and enabling young people to start employment, as well as a perennial search for England fast bowlers!
He is also a Patron of Changing Faces and Future Hope. Married to Judy, they have one son, Jack who is Head of Strategy for LEGO, and two small grandsons.
John Cullum Esq DL
An Economics graduate of St Andrews University, John spent 14 years with Ford Motor including assignments in Detroit and left as Finance Director of Ford’s European Credit Operations to join PHH Europe in Swindon where he became CEO of this £3 billion fleet leasing organisation. He currently is Non Executive Chairman of several companies ranging from PR to Office Coffee and his son, Jamie Cullum’s music business. In the voluntary sector he chairs the RUH Forever Friends Appeal, Bath Festivals Trust and is a Trustee of Quartet Community Foundation and Patron of SWALLOW and Mentoring Plus.
He is a past High Sheriff of Somerset (2011/12) and Chairman of the CBI South West Region, and is currently a Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset
Chris Davies Esq CBE DL
Chris was Director of Social Services in Somerset from 1989 to 2003, and during this period had frequent contact with the British Red Cross in Somerset negotiating contractual arrangements and supporting voluntary services with the branch. He formed working relationships with various directors during this period and also with the President and Patron at that time. Following a move to Cardiff as Director of Social Service and Health from 2003 to 2005, Chris returned to Somerset and was appointed as a Non-Executive Chairman of the Somerset Care Group from 2011 to 2017. He was also Trustee of the Somerset Community Foundation. Chris is currently Chair of The Taunton Music Trust (which runs SingingWorx) and Chair of The Somerset Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders. In 2001, Chris was awarded a CBE and in 2010, he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset. Chris has extensive knowledge of the care sector and is familiar with aspects of the Red Cross service provision within Somerset.
Chris and his wife Katy have lived in Somerset since 1972. They have two children and four grandchildren. His spends his free time singing, playing the trombone, rugby (now only supporting!), reading, walking, and sea swimming all the year round
The Very Revd Dr John Davies DL
Neil Dowdney Esq TD DL
Robert Drewett Esq DL
Robert Drewett is a solicitor and a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson in Bristol, specialising in property and charity law. He joined the firm in 2014 to launch their Private Wealth offering in the South West after 27 years at Osborne Clarke in Bristol.
He is Clerk to the Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol, and a trustee of a variety of West Country charities, including the Royal Bath and West of England Society (of which he is chairman), the National Eye Research Centre, the Langford Trust, Wells Cathedral Preservation Trust and the Grateful Society (where he also acts as Honorary Secretary). He is also a churchwarden of St Margaret’s, Hinton Blewett. In the recent past he has chaired Folly Farm, being the trading operation of Avon Wildlife Trust and completed 9 years as a trustee of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
He is married with three adult children and lives on the Mendips.
Colin Drummond Esq OBE DL
Colin has been Chairman of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (Musgrove Park Hospital) since 2014. He is also Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Governors of the University of Plymouth.
From 1992 to 2013 Colin was chief executive of Viridor,(headquartered in Taunton) and an executive director of Pennon Group PLC. During that time Viridor grew from its west-country base to become one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies. He was then Chairman of Viridor until the end of 2014. Prior to joining Pennon, Colin was chief executive of Coats Viyella Yarns Division, an executive director of Renold PLC, a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and an official with the Bank of England.
Colin was Chairman of the Government’s ‘Living with Environmental Change’ Business Advisory Board from 2009 to 2015 and of the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network from 2007 to 2013. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators for 2007/08 and Chair of the ‘WET 10’ City Livery Companies from 2008 to 2013. From 1997 to 2015 he was a Trustee, and is now Honorary Vice President of the Calvert Trust Exmoor.
Colin holds an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he held a Harkness Fellowship. He is a Licentiate of Trinity College of Music London. He was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012 for services to technology and innovation, and a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Somerset in 2016.
Lieutenant Colonel David Eliot MBE DL
David was born and raised in Somerset and joined the Regular Army in 1967 and commissioned into The Light Infantry in 1969. He saw service in England, Northern Ireland, Germany and Hong Kong and loan service in Mauritius. He also completed shorter tours in Belize, The Falklands and with the UN Honour Guard in South Korea. His last two appointments were as the Commander Recruiting and Liaison Staff in the Army’s Eastern District and as Chief of Staff of The Light Division at Winchester. He retired from the Regular Army in 1994 and spent 5 years as the Army’s Careers Officer in Bristol before becoming The Light Infantry’s County Secretary at Taunton. He retired in 2007.
He has been Chairman of the Somerset Military Museum Trust since 2011 and is also a member of the South West Heritage Trust Advisory Forum. He was previously a member of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s County Committee from 1999 – 2017 and is a former Chairman of the Somerset Joint Services Cadet Committee and of Young Somerset (voluntary youth clubs).
David Eliot has been married since 1974 to Letitia (Tisha). They have three married sons and three grandchildren.
Miss Julia Elton FSA DL
Julia is an engineering historian, a musician and a (semi-retired) antiquarian bookseller specialising in civil and structural engineering. She was brought up partly in Clevedon and partly in London and still divides her time between them. She was educated at Badminton School in Bristol and then at Leeds University. In 2006 she played a major role in organising the Brunel Bicentenary conference, ‘Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future’, which was held in the Brunel train shed at Temple Meads. She sits on the Brunel Network committee and acts as an informal advisor to the Brunel Institute. She has served as a vice-president of the Victorian Society, spear-heading the successful campaign to save the Royal Pier Hotel in Clevedon. She is President of the Clevedon Civic Society and of Changing Lives (formerly Re:Mission). This last is a Clevedon charity which owns Andrew House providing a home and on-going support for up to eleven men who are recovering from the ill effects of substance abuse. She also runs and performs in small-scale musical events for charity. She is currently studying for a PhD in the history of lighthouse optics and rewriting the history of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Brigadier D H Godsal MBE DL
See page for Vice Lord-Lieutenant
Nicholas Hooper BEM RD JP DL
Clare Jordan DL
Brigadier Tom Lang QVRM RD* DL
Tom is a Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. FRICS). He retired from equity partnership in Alder King LLP and then as a consultant to the firm in 2015. He was a Property Manager at Bristol Airport, 1998-2015.
He was formerly a General List Officer in the Royal Marines 1964-1971 and subsequently transferred as a Lieutenant to the Royal Marines Reserve in 1971. He has considerable experience and commitment to supporting Reserve Forces. He was the Commanding OfficerRoyal Marines Reserve in Bristol 1990-1993 and a Royal Marines Reserve Colonel and RMR Aide de Camp to Her Majesty The Queen 1994-1998. He was Director, Reserve Forces and Cadets, Ministry of Defence 2000-2002 and Chairman Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, Taunton 2004-2010 and subsequenlty Chairman of the Board of the Council and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations, London 2010-2013. He was Honorary Colonel, Royal Marines Reserve, Bristol 2004-2014.
His other voluntary work has included being the first Chairman of the Bristol Orienteering Klub, 1972-75. Chairman, Taunton DofE Award Committee 1985-88 and Chairman of the Taunton Chamber of Commerce, 1980s
A longstanding resident of Somerset, he lived at Long Sutton 1951-1964 and in Taunton 1980-1991. He has lived near Axbridge since 1994.
Tom continues to be active in voluntary work in the county that includes: Vice Chairman (Marines), Council of Reserves Forces and Cadets Associations 1994-1998 and 2015 to date ; Governor, Queens College, Taunton 1983-2006; 2011 to date; Deputy Chairman, Wessex RFCA: President, Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets ; Lieutenancy Rep for Somerset DofE Award Committee; Treasurer, Friends of Compton Bishop Church (Saxon Origin).
Married to Amanda who is a Registered Midwife, they have 1 son, William and 3 grandchildren; the eldest (20) is at university in Brazil.
John Laycock Esq DL
John lives in the Chew Valley and has spent most of his life in Somerset and surrounding area. He is an entrepreneurial businessman starting his first business from scratch in his mid-twenties and to this day continues to have interests in a number of companies. Alongside his business interests he is passionate and has experience in education, care for the elderly and sport.
He was the main sponsor of one of the first Academies in the UK, City Academy Bristol and for many years served as the Chair of Governors there. A governor of many schools he is a Trustee of the Venturers Academy Trust and is particularly proud of being a Governor of Venturers Academy which, in this region, is the first state funded school for children who have various degrees of Autism. He is currently serving as a Trustee of the Wallscourt Foundation having been a Governor of The University of the West of England. He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from UWE for services to Education.
He has been a Trustee of St Monica Trust, which is a significant provider of Care for the Elderly. He is a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers and is Chairman of the Cote Elderly Care committee which oversees the day to day running of Cote Charity and the separate Almshouse Charity.
A keen sportsman he played football for Bristol Rovers, although not quite good enough for a fully professional career, played for Bath City, Clevedon, Taunton amongst others.
He is a former Chair of Bristol City FC and has served on the board of Bristol Rugby (Bristol Bears). He is Trustee and Chairman of South Bristol Sport’s Centre which is a not for profit provider of facilities at the former Imperial Sports Ground achieving a footfall approaching 5000 users per week.
John lives in Blagdon married to Johanna and has four adult children.
Mrs Sarah Mead DL
Sarah Mead was brought up in London but educated in the South West of England.
She spent three years at Dance School in London where she formed a dance troupe with Liz Hurley touring the capital and regularly getting pelted with food. Luckily she met Tim Mead, and moved to Somerset to become a farmer’s wife.
In between raising four children she opened Holt Farm Gardens under the National Gardens Scheme before taking the plunge eight years ago to open as the Yeo Valley Organic Garden, part of Yeo Valley’s Venues in Blagdon.
Sarah now works full time alongside Tim for Yeo Valley and as part of their marketing strategy is responsible for creative input at Yeo Valley HQ and the Organic Gardens, as well as curating the many events run by Yeo Marketing, in and around the Valley. Outside of Yeo she is part of the team that organise and run ‘Valley Fest’, a local Organic Food and Music Festival raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust and is a supporter of various other charities such as Valley Arts project and Key4life.
Sarah doesn’t get much time to spend in the Garden these days but when she does you will often find her in the herbaceous border with her pug Mabel or throwing some shapes at any festival she can manage to get tickets to.
Timothy Mead Esq DL
Tim joined the family business in the Yeo Valley in 1987 and he piloted the company through rapid growth. He then established an organic range of dairy products, under the Yeo Valley brand, using milk sourced from The Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative. Organic milk production has grown 100 times, since 1994, from 5 million litres to 500 million litres per annum. Today, Yeo Valley has four manufacturing sites and two distribution centres in the South West and employs 1,400 people.
In recognition of his contribution towards the development of the Dairy Industry, he was awarded The Dairy Industry Award for 2002. The company has subsequently attained the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2001 and again in 2006, both times for sustainable development.
Holt Farms consisting of 150 acres, next to Blagdon Lake was purchased in 1961 by his parents, Roger and Mary Mead. Today, they farm 1,250 acres of mainly dairy and arable land, split between the Yeo Valley, next to Blagdon Lake, and the Mendip Hills. All of the land is certified organic and all the milk from their Lakemead herd of British Friesians is used is by Yeo Valley in their dairy products.
Trained as an accountant with Edward Moore & Co (1983-1987) after leaving Sherborne School (1976-1981), Tim’s passion is, however, for the land and it is evident in all he does and his commitment to conservation is considerable. He and his wife, Sarah, and their four children live at Holt Farm, whose certified organic gardens are open to the public on Thursday’s and Friday’s during summer and by appointment for groups. One of his favourite expressions is “live for today but farm for tomorrow”.
David Medlock Esq DL
Born in 1955 in Bath, David was educated from 1962 to 1972 at King Edwards School, Bath. He graduated from Salford University and completed his professional qualification as an Environmental Health Officer at Tameside Metropolitan Council. In 1979 he joined Hebron and Medlock, a sub-contract engineering design company started by his father in 1951. He is now Managing Director of the Group renamed Sitec which employs 600 staff, turns over £45m and consists of a technical recruitment arm and a design consultancy.
Since leaving school, David has been always been involved in the voluntary sector ranging from work with Shelter and adult literacy in Manchester to the Centre for Voluntary Services and the Gateway Club in Bath. He is now Managing Trustee of the Medlock Charitable Trust set up in 1985 by his father, which has contributed over £35m to various causes throughout the country, including a Chair in Mathematics, a Chair in Engineering and Design and the Chair of Dean in the Faculty of Engineering and Design at the University of Bath.
David has been Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset since December 2008 and was Vice Lord Lieutenant from 2012 – 2018. He was previously High Sheriff of Somerset during 2007-2008. He has been married to Jacky since 1981 and is father to three children. His outside interests include rugby and masonry.
Rear Admiral Ian Moncrieff CBE DL
Ian lives in Exmoor National Park and became a DL in December 2014. A former Chief Executive of the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) from 2011 – 2015, he served at UKHO in a variety of roles, including UK National Hydrographer as a Rear Admiral from 2006. He served with the Royal Navy for 35 years, accumulating over 20 years’ seagoing experience in 11 warships. His senior roles included Joint Command Commander British Forces South Atlantic and he commanded the ice-breaker HMS ENDURANCE and destroyer HMS NOTTINGHAM and was executive officer of the aircraft carrier, HMS INVINCIBLE. Appointed CBE in HM The Queen’s 2010 Birthday Honours List, he is now semi-retired. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Port of London Authority and on the NERC Operational and Safety advice Panel for the British Antarctic Survey. He has 2 other voluntary roles besides being a DL: as a trustee of the Falklands Conservation charity and, as a Governor of Taunton School. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. He is married to Marion and they have two sons: Andrew an Army officer in the Royal Dragoon Guards and, James an Investment Manager with Veritas in London. They have one granddaughter. His pastimes are wildlife photography (www.ianmoncrieff.com) and fly fishing.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Motum DL
Following education at Dean Close School Cheltenham and Sandhurst, Mike was commissioned in to The Gloucestershire Regiment. At unit level he held several posts including command of a Reserve Battalion. He also carried out Army and NATO staff appointments as well as a tour at The Royal School of Signals. Having left the Armed Forces in 2007 he served briefly with the South West Regional Assembly’s secretariat before commencing regimental secretary duties with The Rifles; responsibilities fall within Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Appointed a DL for Somerset in Spring 2012 voluntary work includes being a founding trustee of the South West Heritage Trust. Mike and his wife Bente have two sons and two grandchildren.
Mrs Lucilla Nelson DL
Lucy founded Tommy’s, a national charity funding medical research into the reasons why babies are born too soon and too small, stillbirth, miscarriage, poor foetal growth and prematurity. It now raises around £4million each year. She was Tommy’s CEO for 10 years, a Director of Mark Birley Associates for 20 years and a Director of the Catholic Building Society. Lucy was also a Governor for 20 years and finally Chairman of Governors for Port Regis school in Dorset. Lucy was High Sheriff of Somerset 2015-16 and is now a Deputy Lieutenant. She is particularly interested in mental health and raised a fund for 4 mental health charities (Well Wessex) in Somerset during her year as High Sheriff. She is also a Trustee of Somerset Community Foundation. She has lived in Penselwood, Somerset for 20 years and runs a small stud, breeding horses for eventing and dressage.
Rear Admiral Brian Perowne CB DL
Stephen Pilkington Esq CBE QPM DL
The Hon Thomas Rees-Mogg DL
His Honour Judge Andrew Rutherford DL
Born 25 March 1948. Lived in Bath from the age of about 18 months. Educated Clifton College and Exeter University. Called to the Bar by the Middle Temple 1970 and practised as a barrister in Bristol and the Western Circuit for 25 years. Appointed to the Circuit Bench in 1995 sitting mainly in Bristol but also the last circuit judge to sit on a regular basis in Bath. Retired on 25 March 2018. Currently PCC Secretary (and one time Churchwarden) of Bath Abbey. In past years a Finance Steward for 30 years with the Royal Bath and West Show and from 1989 to 1995 commanded the Air Training Corps in Somerset. Currently Chairman of the Church of England General Synod Legal Aid Commission.
Mrs Jane Sedgman JP DL
Jane was born in Taplow, Berkshire and educated at Maidenhead High School. In 1969 she joined the WRAF and held a Short Service Commission as an Admin Officer, holding posts as a Families’ Officer, OC WRAF (responsibilities for welfare and discipline) and a Flight commander at a training establishment.
Following this she held various positions in the South East using her admin background and married David, whose family come from Somerset, in 1976. They have 2 daughters and a son and four grandchildren to date. They farm in South Somerset and are first generation farmers (David’s father was a clergyman) so have had to be adaptable to weather the vagaries of the industry. They started milking cows, have had both beef and sheep enterprises, also a B&B, but since 1992 have had an entirely arable business which is now, in part, a co-operative venture with other like-minded farmers. David has an ongoing involvement with the Royal Bath and West Society.
Jane was appointed a magistrate in 1986 transferring to the then Yeovil Bench in 1990 when the family returned to David’s roots here in Somerset. She has been involved in many aspects of Bench life serving on most committees at some point, including 9 years on the Sub Advisory Committee, but her overriding interest was in Youth Justice, she sat on the Youth Panel for 19 years, stepping back after some years as Chairman and still misses it! She was also a Bench Deputy Chairman.
She has also had many years of church involvement, being licensed as an Anglican Reader (or Lay Minister) in 2009. Her interests include gardening, her two labradors (working – sort of!), theatre, reading, music and most importantly, her family.
Trevor Smallwood Esq OBE DL
Trevor was involved in public transport for most of his working life. When the UK Government decided to privatize their bus operations in the mid eighties, he and others bought their bus company in Bristol. This became Badgerline Group, which eventually became Firstgroup, now an International public transport group, operating buses and trains in the UK, and also school buses in North America. He retired from First group in 1999.
He has had several involvements in the voluntary sector. He is past Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers in Bristol (2008) and recent past President of St Monica Trust. He is President of Quartet Community Foundation and Chairman of the new Venturers Trust, an educational Trust in Greater Bristol. .
He is Chairman of UKRD radio group based in Cornwall and Stage Electrics based in North Bristol.
Married to Mary they have four children and six grandchildren and live in Churchill in North Somerset. Trevor enjoys sport, still playing football, and table tennis.
General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE DL
David Wood Esq JP DL
David’s family home is on the Mendips. He was educated at schools in Bristol and Worcestershire before being commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1963. He served served in the Far and Middle East as Intelligence Officer of 40 Commando, and 45 Commando in UK and N Ireland. He retired in 1972 and attended The Royal Agricultural University. Married to Isobel in 1969, they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
He has been running mixed farming at his present address since 1973 and is now in partnership with his son Dan. He formed and directed an IT Agricultural Company in 1984; later sold to BT as for-runner to the internet. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1980 to the Taunton Bench and served on the Magistrates courts committee of Avon and Somerset and was Chair of the Human Resources Committee, and Chair of the Bench; he retired in 2014. In 1999, he started direct sales of lamb and other meat products from the farm and other small producers to the general public and restaurants. He was a Governor of Brymore school, 1978 to 1997 and its Chairman 1990-97.
David is Member of the Honourable Company of Woolmen, and a Freeman of London. His pastimes and interests are painting, music, sailing, walking, bridge, and family.
Peter Wyman Esq CBE DL