Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenants

Meet the

Deputy Lieutenants

Mark Ansell DL – A Chartered Mechanical Engineer has spent 25 years working in manufacturing industry around the UK. Lives in North Devon for last 15 years. Interests in climate change and improving the biodiversity of Devon. 

The Right Honourable The Countess of Arran MBE, VLL- Currently Vice Lord-Lieutenant. Keen supporter of both the Rural community and voluntary sector in North Devon and is on the Privvy Council for the Duchy of Cornwall.

Robin Barlow DL- Robin has lived in Devon for nearly 40 years. As well as his business interests, he is a trustee of a number of charities, has been involved in the Devon magistracy and served as High Sheriff of Devon in 2012/13

Richard Bayly DL- Richard retired from the Civil Service in 2012 after 38 years which included 13 years in the Government Office for the South West based in Plymouth

Philip Bostock OBE, DL – For 16 years Philip was Chief Executive of Exeter City Council and is now Chair of Exeter College. He and his family have lived for many years in Exeter and now live in Mid Devon.

Clare Broom DL – Clare has lived and worked in Devon for over 20 years.  She had a academic career and retired as Deputy Vice Chancellor from the University of Plymouth.  She is involved nationally and locally with conservation charities and has served as a Board member of the National Trust.

Lady (Mary) Burnell-Nugent DL- Mary has lived and worked in Devon for 40 years. She is a doctor and specialises in Palliative Medicine.  She enjoys working with people and charities, particularly supporting and working with several hospices, the Devon Historic Churches Trust, her local churches and countryside issues.

Michael Caines MBE DL – Truly loyal to his home country of Devon, Chef Owner of Lympstone Manor Hotel Michael Caines has spent his life-long career building his reputation on distinctive modern cuisine, celebrating local ingredients from the most fruitful larder in the UK. Holding two Michelin Stars for a consecutive 18 years, cooking for our Prime Minister and other big names in the world of celebrity and sport, Michael still manages to appear regularly on popular television and radio shows, as well as contributing significantly to his local communities and various charities in which he is associated with. Michael is proud to be Devonshire and encourages those in the community to enjoy all that the county has to offer

Rear Admiral Ric Cheadle CB, DL – Lives in West Devon. Career in the Royal Navy as a submariner; now active in local affairs as an elected Councillor. Past President of The Royal British Legion with particular interest in military issues.

Captain the Right Hon Lord Clifford of Chudleigh DL – Patron or Trustee of many Devon charities including Sense Southwest, Shaldon Wildlife Trust and Devon & Cornwall SSAFA. President Teignmouth RNLI, Vice-President Devon Scouts(President Chudleigh Scouts), Patron Lower Teign Fishing Association, Patron Cheshire Home, St. Mary’s, Torquay, Patron of ABF Soldiers Charity. Particularly interested in the responsible preservation of the heritage of Devon.

Lady (Clarissa) Clifford DL –Lady Clifford was born in Devon.  She has worked as an Interior Designer for many years and on her marriage returned to Devon, where she continues her Interior Design work both in this country and abroad.  She is involved in various local charities including the WESC Foundation (Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment), Hospiscare and Exeter Cathedral Music Foundation and Preservation Trust.  She has particular interest in preservation of historic buildings and encouraging small volunteer groups.

The Hon Mrs Elizabeth d’Erlanger DL- Born and lived in Devon all her life and passionate about County issues she is involved in numerous charitable groups including Devon Red Cross, the Two Moors Festival and Exeter Cathedral. She has a particular interest in supporting Charities working for those in need.

The Hon Charles Fane Trefusis  DL- Lives in East Devon and works on the family estate as well as Director and Chairman of other land based companies. Has particular interests which include farming, forestry conservation and rural issues.

Jim French DL – Jim retired in 2014 after 43 years in Commercial Aviation, culminating as Chairman and CEO of FlyBE. Former Chair of CBI South West. Chair of Calvert Trust Exmoor. Assisted in the development of Exeter Mathematics School, NED of RAF100 Appeal – a JV formed by RAF and the four RAF Charities.
Interested in farming, the renovation of period properties and a supporter of several charities which focus on disability and Stem Based education and apprenticeships.

Stephen Hindley CBE, DL – Steve has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry at both project and company board level and is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Building and an eminent member of RICS.

Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson KBE, CB, DSC, DL- After a career in the Royal Navy Sir Richard has taken on many roles including Chairman of Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, Member of RNLI, President of Historical Diving Society amongst others. Particular interests involve military charities, healthcare and local groups.

Philip Jenkinson DL – Philip is a retired solicitor who served many years in Local Government, latterly as Chief Executive of Devon County Council. He has a particular interest in educational matters locally.

Antoine Khayat DL – Currently managing family interests, including a farm and stud business. Recently completed an MA in Middle East & Islamic Studies.  Chairman of the Friends of St James, Iddesleigh, Trustee of the Calvert Trust, Exmoor.  Member of the Development Council of Exeter Cathedral.

Mary King MBE, DL – is a British equestrian who competes in eventing. She has represented Great Britain at six Olympics from 1992 to 2012, winning team silver in 2004 and 2012, and team bronze in 2008. At the World Equestrian Games, she won team gold in 1994 and 2010, and team silver in 2006. She has also won four team golds and one team bronze medal at the European Eventing Championships.

Dame Suzi Leather DBE, MBE, DL – Although born in Africa, Suzi has lived on and off in Devon since she was six, attended schools in Plymouth and Tavistock.  Graduated from Exeter University.  Married with 3 adult children, she works predominantly in the public and charitable sectors and has specialised in food, health and ethics and regulation.

Heleen Lindsay-Fynn DL – 

The Hon George Lopes  DL- Lives in the Plymouth area, married with 3 children. George is a retired Chartered Surveyor who was a director of Christie’s fine art auctioneers who is involved in all aspects of land management and still runs his family’s farming/estate operation in Devon and the north of Scotland.

William Michelmore DL- Born in Exeter, after moving away for school and university became a solicitor in 1984. Returned to Exeter in 1986 to join the family firm of Michelmores as a 5th generation lawyer.  Also 5th generation of the founder of St Austell Brewery Co Ltd and now its non-executive chairman.

Anthony Mildmay-White  DL- Anthony lives near Plymouth and has worked as a director of the Community Council Of Devon, Devon County Agricultural Association, Newton Abbot Races Limited, Devon & Exeter Steeplechases. Chairman of the Hallsands Housing Society, Chairman of the Sir Francis Chichester Trust, and Chairman of the Exeter Cathedral Preservation Trust.

Commodore Jake Moores  OBE, DL  – Jake served in the Royal Navy as a submariner; he then commanded Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and the Devonport Flotilla before retiring to be a consultant.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten DL – Lord Ivar manages a traditional rural estate in the Mid Devon, the Grade 1 listed house being utilised as an exclusive use wedding venue.

Mark Parkhouse  DL- Mark has lived & worked in North Devon most of his adult life.   He is married with two children and runs the family jewellers from his premises in Barnstaple High Street.

Stephen Pearce QPM, DL- Steve a former senior Devon and Cornwall Police Officer, lives in the Derriford area of Plymouth and has a number of charity and volunteering interests throughout the City.

Grania Phillips DL – Grania has farmed in North Devon for over 30 years where she and her husband run a pedigree herd of Red Ruby Devons. She serves on the councils of Devon County Show, North Devon Show and Devon Cattle Breeders Society. She is committed to sustainable farming, and connecting people to the countryside. Before moving to Devon she worked as a Clinical Psychologist and maintains an interest in and commitment to mental health issues. She has one son who currently works in London, but runs a small business from home.

Mary Quicke MBE, DL – Farmer and cheesemaker, 14th generation on the farm, farming in Mid Devon.  Committed to all people connecting to food and farming.

Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Ridgway KBE, CB, DL – Served in the Army for 38 years; then appointed Her Majesty’s Lieutenant Governor in Jersey. On return to Devon he took over as Chair of the Confederation of Service Charities and as a Judicial Appointments Commissioner. Now President of SSAFA Devon and Chair of the Tank Museum

Mrs Anna Robertson OBE, DL- Dartmoor family life with editorial work from home and voluntary work for Red Cross. Trustee Chairman of then separately registered charity responsible for nearly 2,000 people providing care around Devon, then SW Chairman on National Council assisting amalgamation of over 50 such Red Cross charities.

The Hon. John Rous DL- Following a financial career in London, have developed the tourism business, in the fishing village of Clovelly, which has been in his family ownership for many generations.

His Honour Erik Salomonsen DL worked in Devon as a solicitor and later a Circuit Judge. He retired as a Judge in July 2018 and now serves as a member of the Parole Board. His three children were all educated in the County and the family have lived in the South Hams West Devon and in Mid Devon. He is a trustee of the Exeter Leukaemia Fund.

Rear Admiral Chris Snow CBE, DL- Chris served in the Royal Navy for 35 years and retired as a Rear Admiral in 2011. He now lives north of Tavistock and is actively engaged in the local community, having interests in particular in the education, charity and defence sectors.  He is a keen sailor and loves walking on Dartmoor and West Devon

His Grace, The Duke of Somerset DL- Manages a traditional rural Devon Estate in the South Hams. Also a member of the House of Lords; Elected to the Crossbenches.

Mrs Patricia Southby-Tailyour DL – Lives in Ivybridge, married with two children. Supports numerous charities, SSAFA and Service Families Welfare, MacMillan Cancer Support, Royal British Legion, RNLI, Elizabeth Fill Trust and the WI

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB, OBE, DL  – Resident in Exton, Admiral Sir Mark is a former First Sea Lord and retains much professional and charitable interest in the Royal Navy and in particular its home in Devon.

Sir Hugh Stucley Bt, DL- Lives near South Molton. Farms & manages the Affeton & Hartland Abbey Estates. Former roles include: Chairman & President of the Devon CLA, Chairman of the Badgworthy Land Company,  Chairman of the Wessex Branch of the HHA, Previously appointed as President of the Devonshire Association and president of the South Molton Branch of the British Legion. High Sheriff of Devon.

Sir Henry Studholme Bt. DL – Sir Harry is a landowner, farmer and forester living to the west of Exeter.  He is a Chartered Accountant and an accredited mediator. Among his other activities he is the Chairman of the Forestry Commission (England & Scotland); chairman of the FTSE listed Phaunos Timber Fund and chairman of the William Robinson Gravetye Charity.

Mrs Julia Tremlett -MBE, DL Lives in Kenn, and is involved with various charities – Patron of Dawlish Garden Trust, Treasurer of NGS Devon and garden opener, previously was County President of MacMillan Cancer Support.

Philip Tuckett DL – Lives near Tavistock, and has interests in Devon Historical Church Trust, Mission Aviation Fellowship, and has previously been High Sheriff of Devon

Adrian Vinken OBE DL – 

Mrs Christina Williams DL – She lives in North Devon and currently sits on the board of the Exmoor Society and the landscape advisory and historic environment boards of the Exmoor National Park and also the Moorland Board. She is also on the steering committee of the Graze the Moor project.

Brian Wills-Pope MBE, DL,  – Brian is a business man in Torbay running a florist and also being Chairman of the British Florist Association. He is the Chairman of Governors of Torquay Boys Grammar School and TBGS Multi Academy Trust and a Trustee of the Farringdon Trust. 

Nigel Wollen DL- Nigel lives in the Torbay area, and prior to his retirement was the senior partner in solicitors Wollen Michelmore LLP.  He was a founding Trustee of Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, a past President of Torquay Hotels Association and is also a trustee of Trinity Sailing Foundation and Torbay Youth Sailing Trust as well as several private charitable trusts. He is a past Commodore of the Royal Cruising Club and is Admiral of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.

Brigadier Simon Young CBE, DL- Served 38 years in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, now lives in Saltash and spends most of his time, when not involved with charity work, painting watercolours.