Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon


HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon – David Fursdon

David was educated at St John’s College, Oxford where he was a scholar and cricket blue. He then worked in the MOD-(arms control and disarmament in Whitehall and at the UN Geneva) before moving with his wife to Devon in 1978, where his family has lived for many years. He taught at Blundells School in Tiverton where he was later to Chair the Governors (2000-2011). He then worked as a rural Chartered Surveyor in Exeter. He chaired the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) firstly in Devon and then nationally as President during a turbulent time through foot and mouth disease when he also promoted South-West produce in Downing St. After this he become a Commissioner of the Crown Estate (serving on energy, audit, remuneration and nominations committees) and then of English Heritage (chairing the business committee responsible, amongst other things, for the re-development of the visitor centre at Stonehenge). After serving on the Board of the SWRDA, he chaired the London 2012 South-west Board before and during the Olympics. More recently he chaired the Government’s ‘Future of Farming’ review (to bring more new entrants into agriculture), DEFRA’s SW Rural and Farming Network, Sir James Dyson’s farming company and was on the Board of the Historic Houses Association having chaired the Wessex Region. He has supported the NSPCC (chairing the Devon Full Stop Appeal) and affordable housing initiatives (serving on the Affordable Rural Housing Commission and Rural Housing Policy Group). He has run his own businesses in tourism, property, agriculture and consultancy. He was High Sheriff of Devon in 2009.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant – Sir John Cave Bt DL……..lives at Sidbury in East Devon  A farmer and landowner managing a traditional rural estate comprising an in hand arable farm, let farms, commercial and amenity woodland and residential property, he has been involved with the Devon County Show (DCAA) for over 30 years and has held office at all levels including as Chairman of Council and in 2009 was President.  He holds public appointment as a member of the Agricultural Land & Drainage Tribunal, is a Vice-President Devon YFC, President Devon Association of Local Councils and is involved with a number of county based charities and other organisations including Exeter Cathedral and RAMM, Exeter Museum.  He was High Sheriff of Devon in 2005.

 Deputy Lieutenants

    • The Rt. Hon. The Countess of Arran MBE DL
    • Robin P Barlow Esq DL
    • Richard D Bayly Esq DL
    • Philip Bostock OBE DL
    • Lady Mary Burnell-Nugent DL
    • Geoffrey Bush Esq CB DL
    • Sir John Cave Bt VL
    • Rear Admiral Ric Cheadle CB DL
    • Lady Clarissa Clifford of Chudleigh DL
    • Cptn. Lord Clifford of Chudleigh DL
    • Trevor G Coleman Esq DL
    • The Hon Mrs D’Erlanger DL
    • Sir John Evans QPM DL
    • The Hon. Charles Fane Trefusis DL
    • Stephen L Hindley Esq CBE DL
    • Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson KBE CB DSC DL
    • Philip Jenkinson Esq DL
    • Antoine Khayat DL LL. B, JP
    • Mrs Mary King MBE DL
    • Dame Suzie Leather DBE MBE DL MA
    • The Hon. George Lopes DL
    • William Michelmore DL
    • Anthony J B Mildmay-White Esq DL
    • Cmdre Jake Moores OBE DL
    • Michael Morpurgo DL
    • Lord Ivar Mountbatten DL
    • Major Colin L Pape MBE DL
    • Mark Parkhouse Esq DL
    • Stephen J Pearce Esq QPM DL
    • Mrs Anna Robertson OBE DL
    • The Hon. John Rous DL
    • Rear Admiral Chris A Snow CBE DL
    • His Grace The Duke of Somerset DL
    • Mrs Patricia Southby-Tailyour JP DL
    • Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire GCB DFC AFC DL
    • Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE DL
    • Sir Hugh Stucley Bart DL
    • Sir Henry Studholme Bart DL
    • Mrs Julia Tremlett DL
    • Philip D Tuckett Esq DL
    • Mrs Christina Williams DL
    • Wing Commander Brian W Wills-Pope MBE DL
    • Nigel J Wollen Esq DL
    • Brigadier Simon D Young CBE DL

To find out more information please see Deputy Lieutenants of Devon.

Deputy Lieutenant Badge

Deputy Lieutenant Badge