Deputy Lieutenants

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. They come from all walks of life. 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. The Lord Lieutenant leads this influential network of Deputy Lieutenants and provides the organisation for their individual networks to interlock for the benefit of Somerset’s varied communities.

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.

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 the local authorities with whom we have much common cause.

They advise on events potentially warranting Royal visits, on how local people can put forward others suitable for National Honours or for invitations to Royal Garden Parties, and on Anniversaries warranting a message from HM The Queen. They also advise on how community organisations can gain recognition, for example, with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service This award recognises the vital role played by the thousands of unsung heroes of the voluntary and community world which we in the Lieutenancy believe it is important to celebrate and encourage. See links also to The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

DLs are spread geographically over our county. Short biographies for each of them are below.

‘Category’ Leads

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:

Agriculture, Environment & Rural MattersRobert Drewett
Armed ForcesTom Lang
Charity & PhilanthropyTrevor Smallwood
Church and other FaithsThe Very Revd John Davies
Commerce, Business & EmploymentJohn Laycock
Delivery of Health CareBrian Perowne
Heritage & Legacy, Arts, Media & SportEdward Bayntun-Coward, Colin Drummond, Tom Mayberry, Sarah Mead
Honours and AwardsAndrew Rutherford (National Honours)


Jane Sedgman (QAVS)

Richard Case (QAE)

Law & ConstabularyEdward Allen
YouthChris Davies

DL Short Biographies (in Alphabetical Order)

Edward Allen Esq DL

Born at Butleigh, near Glastonbury, Edward (Ted) James Allen lives near Shepton Mallet with his wife Pat and their two dogs. His family have lived in the area for over 450 years. They have 2 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 CEO of a child medical & welfare charity operating in W. 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.

Edward Bayntun-Coward Esq DL

Edward Bayntun-Coward was born at Dunkerton, near Bath, in 1966, and 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 before becoming 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 2006-16. 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 2006-11, 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 3 children, Lily, Joshua and Beatrice, and lives at Midford, near Bath.

Andrew Brownsword Esq CBE DL

Andrew 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. He 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 2 family Charitable Foundations one of which secures important works of art for the nation, and the other which supports heritage and health in the SW 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.

Denis Burn Esq DL

Denis started his working life as an engineer making steel in Sheffield but moved back to Somerset in 1983 to live in the house in which he was born.  Shortly after this he joined a start-up consultancy business and remained with them for 20 years.  He has been active in the charity sector for many years including acting as Chair of the MusicSpace Trust, South Bristol Youth and the University of Bristol.  Until 2019 he was Vice-Chair of Bristol Old Vic and in 2018-19 he was High Sheriff of Somerset.  He is a Director of a wind energy business with wind turbines in India that is ultimately owned by a local charity, The Converging World.  In 2004-5 he was Master of the Merchant Venturers. He is married to Hilary and together they have four children and five grandchildren.  He lives in Cleeve, North Somerset where he attempts to look after a small-holding with a few cattle, sheep and pigs. He was appointed as a DL in Oct 2019.

Charles Giles Clarke, 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.

He 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.

Mrs Gloria Craig CB DL

After a long career in public service, Gloria retired from the MOD in 2011 as Director General International Security Policy.  She spent 30 years in MoD in roles in finance, human resources and health and safety, as well as policy and operations.  She also served 3 tours outside MoD: one in the FCO and two in the Cabinet Office.  After retiring from full-time work, she and her husband, Bob Ayers, a US-UK dual national, moved to Somerset where they live just outside Taunton.  For eight years Gloria was a non-executive director of a friendly society offering medical insurance to public servants.  She now has a number of part-time positions.  She is a trustee of the Somerset Army Cadet Force and of the SW Heritage Trust, and she mentors at the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Defence Academy.  She is also a volunteer in her local community shop and contributes to its fund-raising efforts. Gloria has an MA in Russian from Oxford University, speaks fluent French and passable German, has a working knowledge of Latin and very rusty Old Church Slavonic.  As well as being a Companion of the Bath, she holds the German Army’s Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Gold. Gloria has always had two passions: animals (including birds) and history.  Other interests include music, politics as a spectator sport, satire, the arts, gardening, Russia and travel.

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

Dr John Davies became Dean of Wells in late 2016.  He had previously served as Dean of Derby for six years, helping to restore the fabric of that Cathedral, as well as developing links between it and the city and county. His role at Wells is to Chair the Cathedral Chapter, its governing body; to ensure really good connections between the Cathedral and its many stakeholders; and to care for its fabric and worship.  He is also a member of the Bishop’s senior staff team in the diocese.

John also serves as Chair of the governing body of Wells Cathedral School which sits in close proximity to the Cathedral and which has very strong links with the Cathedral’s music.  John is a Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset, and is linked with a number of Somerset charities. Previously John had been a market town parish priest, an Oxford college chaplain and an inner city incumbent.  He has strong interests in theology and the role of the church in today’s society.

Neil Dowdney Esq TD DL

Neil Dowdney was born in 1953, grew up at Queen Charlton and was educated at Kingswood School Bath. He trained as an Auctioneer and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor before joining a local firm of stockbrokers and becoming a member of the London Stock Exchange within Godfray Derby & Co. He spent most of his career in Bath retiring in 2015.He remains a Chartered Member of The Chartered Securities Institute.

He joined 6th Battalion The Light Infantry when they reformed in Bath in 1971 and subsequently served in The Wiltshire Yeomanry prior to commissioning into The Royal Artillery serving with The Gloucestershire Volunteer Artillery(266 Bty) and Central Volunteer Artillery HQ until retirement at the end of 42 years service in the rank of Major.  For 9 years he has been an Independent Custody Visitor for Avon & Somerset Police and is now acting as a Lay Observer for The Ministry of Justice. He has served for some years on the Disciplinary Panel of The Chartered Securities Institute and more recently their Appeals Panel   Locally he chairs Marksbury Parish Council. His other interests include being a Friend of Iford Opera, member of The Royal Bath & West Society, Friend of The Royal Hospital Chelsea and of The Royal Academy. Sports include skiing, shooting and cycling. He lives at Marksbury with his wife Rosy and keeps donkeys as a pastime

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.

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

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Nicholas Hooper BEM RD JP D

Nicholas was born in Bristol and studied medicine at Bristol University. After hospital experience, work in New Zealand and Australia, and a time as a ship’s doctor, he went into General Practice in North Somerset in the villages of Wrington, Langford, Blagdon and Churchill in 1975.

He served as a magistrate in Weston super Mare and was a member of the Lord Chancellor’s committee. He joined the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) in 1969, attained the rank of Surgeon Captain, was for four years the senior medical officer in the RNR, being appointed an Honorary Physician to HM The Queen. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant in 2010.  On retiring from the practice in 2009, for 5 years he flew worldwide to accompany patients back to the UK. He also worked for The Medical Foundation for the Freedom from Torture in London, and latterly for the Judicial Appointments Commission. He was County President of Avon St John Ambulance for seven years until 2016.  He served as churchwarden of Burrington Church for three years. He retired to Wells in 2012 where he is a guide at the Cathedral, and most recently takes tours in French. He skied for many years with more enthusiasm than skill, plays the piano with modest success, and golf with little.  Nicholas is married to Jenny, who for many years ran an Interior Design business. They have 2 children, a son in Australia, a daughter who lives in Bristol, and 3 grandchildren.

Clare Jordan DL

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 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 its Chair of Governors. A governor of many schools he is a Trustee of the Venturers Academy Trust and is proud to be 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 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 they have 4 adult children.

Tom Mayberry MBE DL

Tom Mayberry has lived and worked in Somerset for most of his life. From 2004 he was responsible for Somerset County Council’s Heritage Services, including Museums, Archives and the Historic Environment, and led the projects for the creation of the Museum of Somerset and the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton as well as the redisplay of Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury. He was appointed Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust on its creation in 2014. He is a former chair of the Friends of Coleridge, and in that capacity led the partnership group for the redisplay of the National Trust’s Coleridge Cottage. He is a trustee of Arts Taunton, an organisation committed to promoting the role and relevance of the arts in Taunton and its area. He is deeply committed to community-based heritage and has taken the message of Somerset history all over the South West.

Mrs Sarah Mead DL

Sarah Mead was brought up in London but educated in SW England. She spent 3 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 4 children, she opened Holt Farm Gardens under the National Gardens Scheme before taking the plunge 8 years ago to open as the Yeo Valley Organic Garden, part of Yeo Valley’s Venues in  Blagdon. She  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 organises 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. She doesn’t get much time to spend gardening now, but when she does you will often find her in the herbaceous border with her pug Mabel or throwing some shapes at any festival for she can manage to get tickets.

Timothy Mead Esq DL

Tim joined the family business in the Yeo Valley in 1987 and piloted the company through rapid growth. He established an organic range of dairy products, under the Yeo Valley brand, using milk sourced from The Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative.  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  attained the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2001 and 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 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 (1983-87) after leaving Sherborne School (1976-81), Tim’s passion is for the land and his commitment to conservation is considerable.  He and his wife, Sarah, and their four children live at Holt Farm. 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 1962-72 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, an  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, he 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 2012-18. He was High Sheriff of Somerset from 2007-08. He Married to Jacky since 1981, they have 3 children. His outside interests include rugby and masonry.

General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO* OBE DL

Gordon retired from the Royal Marines in 2019 as Vice Chief of Defence Staff at the Ministry of Defence. His 36-year career involved a number of operational deployments, including command of Taunton’s 40 Commando RM during the early days of the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns.

Married to Sarah, they have lived in the Taunton area on and off during their married life and have made it their home for the last 16 years. Since retiring Gordon has established a portfolio career: he is a Non-executive Director of QinetiQ PLC and an advisory board member for a number of start-up technology companies. Government roles include being the UK’s representative on Ukraine’s Defence Reform Advisory Board and board membership of the National Leadership Council.

Charitable roles include Vice President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Patron of both the Royal British Legion Industries and Royal Marines Association – the Royal Marines charity.

Rear Admiral Ian Moncrieff CBE BA 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 as UK National Hydrographer as a Rear Admiral from 2006. He served in the Royal Navy for 35 years, accumulating over 20 years’ practical seagoing experience in 11 warships and the Royal Yacht HMY BRITANNIA His senior roles included Joint Command as 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 Operational & Safety Advice Panel for British Antarctic Survey. He has 2 other voluntary roles besides being a DL: as a trustee of the Falklands Conservation charity and a Governor of Taunton School.  He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, Master Mariner and member of the Naval & Military and Antarctic clubs. He is married to Marion and they have 2 sons:  Andrew an Army officer in the Royal Dragoon Guards, and James an Investment Manager with Veritas in London. They have 2 grandchildren. His pastimes are wildlife photography and fly fishing on Exmoor rivers.

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 2012, his other voluntary work includes being a founding trustee of the South West Heritage Trust. Mike and his wife Bente have 2 sons and 2 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 215-16. 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

Brian spent the great majority of his working life in the Royal Navy.  In the early years he was fortunate enough to serve in ships in the Far East, Middle East, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and the North Atlantic.  He found a wife in Hong Kong and went on to have 2 sons with Maggie.  He served in HMY BRITANNIA as the Communications Officer before being promoted to Commander in 1982 only to see his promised command, HMS ARDENT, sail to the Falklands  without him and be sunk by the Argentinians.  Instead he drove HMS ALACRITY taking her to the Middle East,  Mediterranean and European ports.  From being head of RN Communications and Navigation training he was sent to Washington DC as the communications specialist on the British Naval Staff, a wonderful job where he was stupid enough to be promoted early to Captain and be sent back to the UK.  Maggie will never forgive him, especially as he immediately returned to sea to take HMS BRAZEN and a group of ships to the Middle East. Two MOD jobs followed including Head of Naval Communications and  then in 1994 he was appointed Commodore Clyde and Chief Executive of the Submarine Base at a stressful time, as the Trident SSBN submarines were being introduced into service.   Promoted Rear Admiral, two quite tedious jobs in Bath followed, the final one being Head of Naval Logistics and Chief of Fleet Support on the Naval Board.

On leaving the RN in 2001,  he became CEO of Hft a leading national provider of support to adults with learning disabilities, which became renowned for its use of IT to promote individual independence. After 10 years, during which Hft doubled in size, he left to follow other pursuits including Non-Executive Director of Musgrove Park Hospital and Trustee of Somerset Sight.  He was appointed DL in 2012. His interests are Somerset, history, family and most sports.

Stephen Pilkington CBE QPM DL

Steve retired as Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 2005 after completing 32 years of police service, 25 of which were in the Metropolitan Police. His career choice was a surprise to many after completing a PhD in Plant Physiology at London University. He lives near Wedmore with his wife Anne where they pursue their love of natural history. His interest in ornithology has led him to visit many far-flung places. Closer to home he records the butterflies and moths of the area running a regular moth trap around his property.  He has renovated an old cider orchard and has developed a wildflower hay meadow from an area of agricultural dereliction. Steve enjoys dry stone walling and hedge laying both on his own property and on Mendip. He is a keen cyclist and energetic gardener.

The Hon Thomas Rees-Mogg DL

His Honour Judge Andrew Rutherford DL

Born in 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 He married to Lucy and they have 2 daughters.

Mrs Jane Sedgman JP DL

Jane was born in Taplow, Berkshire and educated at Maidenhead High School. She joined the WRAF in 1969 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. Thereafter 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 4 grandchildren. They farm in South Somerset and are first generation farmers (David’s father was a clergyman) so have had to adapt 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.  She became 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. Jane  has also had many years of church involvement, being licensed as an Anglican Reader (or Lay Minister) in 2009. Her interests include gardening, her 2 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 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. Trevor is Chairman of UKRD radio group based in Cornwall and Stage Electrics based in North Bristol. Married to Mary, they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren and live in Churchill, N. Somerset. Trevor enjoys sport and still plays football and table tennis.

General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE MA DL

Peter Wall retired from the British Army after a career spanning 40 years.  He joined the Royal Engineers from Sandhurst military academy in 1974 and read engineering at the University of Cambridge.  He finished his military career as the Army’s chief from 2010 to 2014.  He has served all over the world, including operational command tours in Rhodesia, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

He is now Director of Amicus, an advisory business which specializes in imparting military and commercial leadership expertise, with emphasis on strategic planning and execution, leadership development, and organisational health. Peter is also a director of General Dynamics, the US defence and aerospace corporation, and President of Combat Stress, the military veterans’ mental health charity.  Originally from Suffolk, he has lived with his family in the Mendips for 20 years.  He is a keen supporter of Blagdon Cricket Club and enjoys skiing and sailing.

Professor Ian White FREng DL

Ian is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath. He joined the University of Bath from the University of Cambridge where he had been Master of Jesus College, van Eck Professor of Engineering, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of Photonics Research in the Department of Engineering. He gained his BA (1980) and PhD (1984) degrees from the University of Cambridge and was appointed a Research Fellow and Assistant Lecturer at the University of Cambridge before becoming Professor of Physics at the University of Bath in 1991. He moved to the University of Bristol as in 1996 as Professor of Optical Communications and became Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1998.  He returned to the University of Cambridge in October 2001 and, in 2005, became Head of the School of Technology and subsequently Chair.  He left there to become Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs in 2010.  His research interests are in photonics, including optical data communications and laser diode-based devices. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He was a Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society (2008-2012). He is an Editor-in-Chief of Electronics Letters and Nature Microsystems and Nanoengineering. He was appointed as a DL in Oct 2019.

Mrs Olivia Winterton DL

Born and brought up in Hampshire, Olivia moved to West Somerset in 1995 with her husband Michael, and their 3 children. She studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute, and then worked as a curator in the Print Room of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. A very enjoyable part of this work involved accompanying Leonardo da Vinci and Holbein drawings around the world to loan exhibitions. She was later a researcher for the 1989 Arts Council Leonardo exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.  When the family moved from London to the West Country she decided to pursue other interests, and worked voluntarily for the Witness service in Taunton Crown and Magistrates Courts and became interested in the work being of the Probation Service. Wishing to be more actively involved in the criminal justice system, she retrained and joined Avon and Somerset Probation in 2008 working between offices in Taunton, Bridgwater and Minehead. She is a newly (2019) trained volunteer adviser for the Citizens Advice, and also involved in a joint enterprise project with MIND and the Quantock AONB that gives people with poor mental health the opportunity  to do conservation work in the Quantock Hills. She loves living in the country and is keen on walking, preferably with her dogs, and amateur gardening. Along with reading, art remains one of her main hobbies providing good motivation to return to London to visit family and enjoy theatre. She was appointed as a DL in Oct 2019.

Peter Wyman Esq CBE DL

Peter is currently Chair of the Care Quality Commission. He is also Chairman of Sir Richard Sutton Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Pay.UK. Previously he was Chairman of Somerset Community Foundation and of Yeovil District Hospital as well as Treasurer of Bath University. He was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Partner at PwC.