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Deputy Lieutenants

Meet the Deputy Lieutenants

Robert Bland

Mr Robert Bland DL

Date of commission: 3 October 2011
Lives in Cound

Robert has lived in Shropshire all of his life. He joined his family business, Oakleys Ltd, in 1973 and remains its executive Chairman today after 47 years. The company has been involved in many spheres over that span but is now focussed on the distribution of garden and professional groundcare machinery.

 

For 10 years, he has been actively involved in the distribution of renewable energy both locally and nationwide. He set up and chaired The Wood Heat Association within the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

 

He was Chair of Governors at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College having served for 13 years on the Board. He was Chair of Trustees of the Princes Trust in Shropshire for five years and now chairs The Shropshire Youth Support Trust which helps disadvantaged young people into self-employment in the county.

 

He lives on a small working farm in Shropshire and maintains a strong interest in countryside and rural issues. He is married to Tricia, has three sons including one grandson, enjoys country sports, gardening and sailing. He is a keen tennis and bridge player as well as amateur dendrologist and an avid reader of history books.

 

Robert was High Sheriff in 2014/15 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2011

Viscount Boyne

Viscount Boyne DL 

Date of commission: 3 September 2009
Lives near Bridgnorth
  • President Burwarton & District Agricultural Society
  • Director Ludlow Race club
  • Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Shropshire committee Country Land and Business Association
  • Chairman of Burwarton Estates Company
Claire Brentnall

Mrs Claire Brentnall DL

Date of commission: 6 April 2020
Lives in Much Wenlock

Claire gained an honours degree in marine biology and worked as such before she was married. She then ran a small fish-related business for a number of years in Shropshire. She is and has been a serving magistrate for the past 20 years. She is a trustee of the Radbrook Foundation which is an educational charity associated with the Shrewsbury colleges group. Claire has been parochial church council secretary for the the parish of Holdgate.


As a family we have been privileged to live in south Shropshire for over 30 years and enjoy walking in this beautiful landscape with our dogs.


Her interests include gardening; natural history; travelling and the arts – I greatly value my membership of a local book club that has been running over 18 years.

Major General J Crackett CB TD VR

Major General J Crackett CB TD VR DL

Date of commission: 4 November 2016
Lives in Stanton-upon-Hine-Heath, Shrewsbury

Current Organisations

  • Shrewsbury Drapers Company (Trustee, Master 2021)
  • West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (Board Member, Chair 2020)
  • Yeomanry Benevolent Fund (Vice President)
  • SSAFA (County President)
  • Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Board Member)
  • Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps (Council Member)

 

Former Organisations

  • Telford and Wrekin Community Trust (Treasurer)
  • Marches Energy Agency (Chair)
  • 143 (West Midlands) Brigade (Deputy Commander)
  • 5th Division (Assistant Commander)
  • Office of Nuclear Regulation (NED)
  • Central Networks (MD)
  • E.ON Energy Services (MD)
  • E.ON UK Business Services (MD)

 

County Interests and Expertise

  • Armed Forces, cadets and veterans.
  • Charities.
  • Commerce, business and employment.
  • Social housing.
  • Sustainability.

 

Resume

John Crackett is a chartered engineer with experience running large businesses and in the Army.

 

His civilian career was mainly in designing, building and running power stations, and in distributing electricity to homes and businesses.  He is a former managing director of Central Networks, the utility that provided electricity throughout the East and West Midlands.  John was also an Army Reservist for 40 years.  His final roles before retiring saw him responsible for reserves policy and strategy, working at the highest levels in Defence and on the Army Board.

 

John now undertakes a number of charitable and non-executive roles.  He is a member of the board of the electricity regulator Ofgem, and of the West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.  Closer to home he is a trustee of the Shrewsbury Drapers Company, running 51 almshouses, and County President of SSAFA.  As a member of the Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps he still provides professional advice to the Army.

 

John has lived in Shropshire for 25 years, was appointed CBE in 2015 and a DL in 2016.

Claire Crackett

Mrs Claire Crackett DL

Date of commission: 6 April 2020
Lives in Stanton-upon-Hine-Heath, Shrewsbury

Organisations:

  • A4U (trustee)
  • Education Appeals Panels (Chair)
  • Education Exclusion Reviews (Chair)
  • Shrewsbury Homes for All (treasurer and company secretary)
  • St Andrew’s, Stanton (lay chair of PCC)
  • Stanton Parish Council  (Councillor and SALC representative)
  • Telford Fostering Panel  (Member)

Interests:

  • Honours Committee
  • QAVS
  • Youth, inc education
  • Church and other faiths
  • Charities

Claire started volunteering when at school and has not stopped since. She holds masters degrees in metallurgy and information science and has worked for a global microchip manufacturer as well as running her own IT consultancy.

Roles as youth leader, primary school chair of governors, company secretary for a music festival, IT advisor for the voluntary sector and many more have built a wide range of experience in the local voluntary sector. Current roles include voluntary IT consultancy for a range of local charities, treasurer of Shrewsbury Homes for All, trustee and volunteer advocate for A4U (a disability charity which runs the Shropshire Autism Hub), governance advisor for the Diocese of Lichfield and chair of Education Appeals Panels.

Claire led the project to produce a new Roll of Honour for the Great War for Shropshire and organised the weekly remembrance services throughout the 100th anniversary of the war.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant Mark Cuthbert-Brown

Colonel Mark Cuthbert-Brown CBE DL – Vice Lord-Lieutenant

Date of commission: 15 September 2014
Lives in Pentre, Shrewsbury

From a childhood spent mostly in Essex, Mark’s nomadic career brought him to our County in 2003.  From the moment he arrived, the warmth of the welcome from staff in Copthorne Barracks prompted his ambition to settle here. 

He has been based in the Nesscliffe area ever since, permanently so since leaving the Army in 2012.  That year, he ran much of the administration for the visit of Her Majesty to RAF Cosford, an event that saw over 35000 people (mostly children) converge on the site to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. 

Mark has since taken on a number of charitable and voluntary roles.  He sits on committees of the Shropshire Horticultural Society and is currently President of both the Shropshire Society in London and the Shropshire Gundog Society.

He is a keen supporter of, and for a period chaired, the Shropshire Appeal for the ABF the Soldiers’ Charity.  For several years, he chaired the Kinnerley Parish/Shropshire Council voluntary footpaths partnership – and when not tinkering with old machinery and between mowing the verge of a community garden, continues to mend stiles and gates in the area.

Made a Deputy Lieutenant in 2014 and appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 2017, Mark leads the Lieutenancy’s efforts towards the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Josh Dixey DL

Dr Josh Dixey MB; BS; FRCP(UK); MD(London) DL

Date of commission: 9 April 2021
Lives in Pentre, Shrewsbury

Dr. Josh Dixey moved to Shropshire in 1989 and continues to work as a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. In his professional life, he has had a number of senior management roles including Medical Director and Commissioner for the Shropshire CCG. He has published widely on his research interest of early arthritis. He was responsible for setting national standards in rheumatology. He is a past Trustee of the national charity Versus Arthritis.

 


Dr. Dixey also has an interest in education and is chairman of governors at Moreton Hall School having been chairman before at Packwood Haugh.

 


In the year 2019/20, Dr. Dixey was High Sheriff with a focus on the role volunteering in support of Civic Society.

 


Dr. Dixey is married to Diana and has 2 sons and a daughter.

Edward Dugdale

Mr Edward Dugdale DL

Date of commission: 15 September 2014
Lives in Much Wenlock

Trustee

  • Tickwood Care Farm (chairman)
  • Social Farms and Gardens (retiring)

 

Designated Partner

  • Supported Ownership LLP (Shared Ownership)
  • Supportive Living LLP (Supported Living)
  • Tickwood LLP

 

Director

  • Much Wenlock Affordable Homes Construction Ltd
  • Heritage Manor (Nursing Homes)

 

Area of Interest

Charities

 

Local Community

Locally, I am involved in the Broseley, Much Wenlock and Cressage Well-Being Forum which brings together all the charities, Surgeries, police and local County Officials and creates local initiatives and partnership working. I am a member of Bridgnorth Rugby club and coach at Bridgnorth Cricket Club. I am a member of the Shropshire Voluntary and Community Assembly. I sing in the Much Wenlock church choir.

 

On the Care Farm, we work extensively with the local as well as the wider Shropshire community. With Severndale Specialist Academy, the majority of the school come weekly and we have the sixth form and students from Futures at SCAT doing Horticulture/food production HNDs, work experience and other projects such as converting a WW2 nissan hut into a bunk house. We held our first EVERYONE FESTIVAL (the festival of inclusion) in 2019 with a  thousand people attending. Wrekin College do weekly forest school with a Severndale class. We have a monthly Saturday Arts Club in the woods for children and young adults with learning difficulty and their siblings and various family days. The Llama hut is used by families with a disabled child for respite and a break.

 

The Shropshire Police Cadets come to the farm for their first get together of the new year. The Wheatland Care Home come for a monthly walk and a cup of tea and a piece of cake. We are the end of the Wenlock Countryfile walk. Telford College have a number of pupils doing work experience and continuing education with us. We work with Landau and Telford Social Services to provide work experience for young adults with SEN including doing various farming qualifications (even taking over as the location from a Telford library for English and Maths). There is a volunteers mental health group which comes once a week but the individuals come out when they want to, helping them get back into society and some back into work. With a number of SEN Colleges/Schools in Shropshire we have jointly created outdoor activities and experiences for their pupils.

Colonel Michael Evans TD

Colonel Michael Evans TD DL 

Date of commission: 17 July 1995
Lives in Kenley, Shrewsbury

Colonel Michael Evans TD DL has lived in Shropshire for most of his life. Practising as a land agent with the county firm of Balfours and retiring as Managing Partner in 2018, he is currently a consultant with the firm, counting amongst his clients both private landowners and charities. His interests are long-term sustainability of landed estates and their contribution to the rural environment and public benefit.

 

Col Evans served in the Territorial Army for 22 years commanding the Queens Own Mercian Yeomanry and the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry and on promotion to Colonel, as Deputy Commander 143 (West Midlands) Brigade, then headquartered in Shrewsbury. He is a trustee of the Soldiers of Shropshire Museum in Shrewsbury Castle and a trustee of a housing charity. He lives with his wife Min, near Much Wenlock and has three daughters.

Diana Flint

Mrs Diana Flint DL

Date of commission: 3 September 2009
Lives in Ellesmere

Organisations:

  • Shrewsbury School Board Member
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Foundation Committee member and trustee
  • Sight Loss Shropshire Chair
  • High Sheriff of Shropshire 2013-14

 

Interests:

  • Youth and Education
  • Church
  • Heritage, Arts
  • Health Care.

 

In my local community in addition to contributing to the organisations above, I support and run events for the parish Church, I support the Parish Hall and events run at local schools and hospitals.

Dr R Ashley Fraser MB,ChB, PhD, FRCPath,

Dr R Ashley Fraser MB,ChB, PhD, FRCPath, DL

Date of commission: 3 October 2011
Lives in Shrewsbury

Currently I am a Trustee Director of the Shropshire Education and Conference Centre, a charitable company providing facilities for medical and associated professions teaching and learning on the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site.  External companies also hire the facility.

 

I am Past Master of Shrewsbury Drapers Company, a charitable enterprise whose main object is the provision of almshouses.

 

My main interests are:

  • Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
  • Health Care
  • Armed Forces incl cadets

 

I graduated in medicine from Aberdeen University in 1972.  I became a pathologist and moved to Shrewsbury in 1985.  I became involved in medical education as post-graduate clinical tutor and then became medical director of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  I left to become a medical director within the Department of Health before returning to Shropshire as medical director of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

 

During these later years I was appointed Hon Colonel of 202 Field Hospital which saw three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

The Shropshire Education and Conference Centre is a project I have been involved with since its inception.  Numerous students and post-graduates benefit from it.

 

I have been a Draper for many years and as Master saw the opening of our new 26 almshouses.



Katherine Garnier DL

Mrs Katherine Garnier DL

Date of commission: 9 April 2021
Lives near Bucknell

Having spent much of my childhood in south Shropshire, I moved back with my husband and five young daughters in 2000.   Since then, I have supported numerous local campaigns for better services and amenities and helped a variety of charities and organisations to raise funds including the community hospital, rural churches and the Midlands air ambulance. 


On becoming committee Chairman of the Shropshire volunteer branch of the Art Fund in 2011, I took over the planning of regular fundraising events for over 800 members. Through a programme of visits, lectures and a variety of other activities it has been possible to increase support for all forms of local arts, galleries, museums, cultural heritage centres and buildings of architectural significance throughout the county.  


Each year the choir of Hereford Cathedral return to the Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks to sing at the Advent in London service.  As a Patron between 2016-19 I was able to help Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust with fund raising in their continual support of Hereford Cathedral.    


As co-director and Company Secretary for J H Garnier & Associates Ltd, I work with my husband to provide management consultancy, executive coaching, mentoring, mediation and business strategy locally, nationally and internationally.  


With interests including heritage and the arts, literature, gardens, food and travel my husband and I are now introducing our five small grandchildren to the glories of Shropshire geographically, culturally, historically and gastronomically.

Gill Hamer DL

Miss Gill Hamer DL

Date of commission: 9 April 2021
Lives in near Oswestry

Gill was brought up on a farm in North West Shropshire and went to Oswestry Girl’s High School. She has been a public servant working in national, regional and local government for just over 40 years. In that time she has served as a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, where she worked both in the Foreign Office in London and Embassies and diplomatic missions in Europe and the Far East, held roles in economic and rural development in Local Government, headed up the West Midlands Regional Development Agency’s business support programme and was the Partnerships Director for the Manufacturing Advisory Service, covering the North and West of England. Since January 2015 Gill has been the Chief Executive of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) but will be standing down from that role at the end of July 2021. As CEO of the LEP she has worked with Local Authority Leaders, the heads of Universities and Further Education Colleges and senior business people from the counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire to both champion and support the economic growth of the Marches area.

Interest or area of expertise

Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Business support and initiatives to help develop the Shropshire economy

Lord Hamilton of Dalzell

Lord Hamilton of Dalzell DL (Gavin)

Date of commission: 3 October 2011
Lives in Shifnal

Businesses:
Owner: Apley Estate, Apley Farm Shop


Voluntary:

  • President: Ludlow Conservative Association
  • Patron: Apley Park Branch, Royal British Legion
  • President: Bridgnorth Golf Club
  • Director: Bridgnorth Rugby Club Ltd
  • Chairman: Stockton Parish Council
  • Member: St John Ambulance Shropshire County Priory Group, St. Chad’s Stockton PCC.
  • Ambassador: Severn Valley Railway Trust


Interests:

  • Charities
  • Commerce, business & employment
  • Heritage, Arts, media & sport


I moved back to Shropshire in 2006 with my family. Since then I have supported local charities and organisations including being Chairman of Council of St John Ambulance, Director of Bridgnorth Rugby Club and involved in fundraising for Severn Valley Railway, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (Shropshire). I am passionate about supporting voluntary organisations locally and on the Apley Estate as they are a vital part of our community. Either directly myself or through Apley Estate, I support local churches and local sports clubs and voluntary organisations which often struggle with fundraising and finding sufficient numbers of active volunteers.

Peter Holt DL

Peter Holt DL

Date of commission: 3 October 2011
Lives in Wellington
Air Vice-Marshall Warren James CBE

Air Vice-Marshal Warren James CBE DL

Date of commission: 6 April 2020
Lives in Uffington
  • Royal Air Force, former Station Commander of RAF Shawbury
  • Life member of the RAF Association (Shrewsbury Branch)
  • Honorary Companion of Lincoln College
  • Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CCMI)
  • and Chartered Manager (CMgr)
  • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS)
  • Board Advisor – People Director Partnership
  • Alumnus – Windsor Leadership Trust
  • (Trustee of the RAF Sports Federation – will end in Jul 20)

 

Interested in:

  • Honours,
  • Armed Forces incl Cadets,
  • Youth incl education
Rupert Kenyon-Slaney

Mr Rupert Kenyon-Slaney DL

Date of commission: 6 April 2020
Lives in Shifnal

Rupert is Vice-Chairman of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and a Trustee of the Ironbridge Heritage Foundation. He is also a Trustee of the Shropshire Youth Support Trust and a member of the Shropshire Committee of the Country Land & Business Association.

 

Rupert is a farmer and former Banker. He is married to Christina and they have three sons. He is a Director of the London Speaker Bureau and acts as Trustee for a number of landowning families in Shropshire.

Nicola Kershaw

Mrs Nicola Kershaw DL

Date of commission: 4 November 2016
Lives near Craven Arms

Married with three sons and two grandsons and lives in the parish of Wistanstow, South Shropshire.

Member of the Shropshire Lieutenancy Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service panel since 2016.

Member of the Shropshire Lieutenancy Queen’s Individual Honours panel since formation in 2019.

A founder member of the Fundraising Committee for the Church Stretton Branch of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital League of Friends since 2007.

A volunteer for the Church Stretton Good Neighbours, delivering hot meals to clients’ homes and driving people in the Church Stretton area to and from hospital and other similar appointments who find it difficult to get about.

Previously a Lay Member for the West Mercia Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace from 2008 to 2018.

Committee member of the Shrewsbury and District Branch of the NSPCC Fundraising Committee from 2003 to 2016.

Fundraising Committee member of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital League of Friends from 2003 to 2012.

Committee member of the Arts Society Shrewsbury, (previously NADFAS), from 2005 to 2013.

Interests and hobbies are hill walking, including partaking in annual long-distance Challenge walks in the Shropshire hills for the benefit of various charities, and playing bridge.

 

Veronica Lillis

Mrs Veronica Lillis DL

Date of commission: 6 April 2020
Lives in Whittington

Veronica has run her own property management and refurbishment business for many years and has been involved in the last 25 years with a variety of local charities including the Art Fund, Whittington International Music Festival, gardening at Severn Hospice, fundraising for Horatio’s Garden Oswestry and Shropshire Rural Support.  She has been a Trustee of the Executive Committee of the League of Friends of the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital since 2018 and was recently responsible for the refurbishment of the five-bed Relatives’ cottage.  She assisted her husband during his year as High Sheriff 2017/18, focussing on rural isolation.

 

She is a member of the committee for Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service since 2018 and involved locally with Whittington Church and PCC, and RJAH Flower Guild.

Tullis Matson, FRAgS

Mr Tullis Matson, FRAgS, DL

Date of commission: 6 April 2020
Lives in Whitchurch

Director of the following companies:

  • Stallion AI Services Ltd
  • Cryogenetics Ltd
  • Equine Reproduction Supplies Ltd
  • Gemini Genetics Ltd
  • Chapel Field Conference Suites Ltd
  • Elite Kennel Fertility Ltd

Other positions:

  • Equine Employers Association – President
  • National Equine Forum – Committee Member
  • Rare Breeds Survival Trust – Expert Advisory Panel Member

Tullis Matson has worked in the equine industry for over 25 years.  He began running the small natural covering stud at the family farm in 1989.  In 1990, he travelled to New Zealand to learn the practice of Artificial Insemination before returning home to set up one of the first equine AI only units in the UK.  

Stallion AI Services Ltd was formed in 2000 and is one of the most successful stallion collection centres in the world, offering semen collection services, fertility assessment and worldwide semen export.  His expertise in this regard, has also resulted in him delivering lectures worldwide on equine breeding and stallion management.  Stallion AI Services Ltd hold an annual Open Day, the proceeds of which are donated to local charities such as Whitchurch Hospital, Riding for the Disabled and the Air Ambulance.

He founded Gemini Genetics Ltd in 2018 and now works with organisations such as Chester Zoo to help cryopreserve semen from endangered species such as rhino and lion. 

Tullis is also co-founder of Equine & Canine Reproduction Supplies Ltd (ERS Ltd), which since 2008 has been supplying over 90% of the UK’s canine and equine AI equipment to both veterinarians and stud owners. 

In June 2019, an opportunity to diversify into canine reproduction was identified and Elite Kennel Fertility Ltd was established.  Tullis is excited at the prospect of using his equine knowledge to aid development of the same high standards in canine reproduction.

Nichola Peers DL

Mrs Nichola Peers DL

Date of commission: 9 April 2021
Lives near Whitchurch

Nichola Peers was brought up in Shropshire.  Trained as a physiotherapist, she worked for the NHS in London, Oxfordshire and West Midlands with a spell volunteering in India before retiring to concentrate on family life.  

Nichola, her husband Anthony and their three children moved back to North Shropshire in 2012.  She is now involved in farming with a particular interest in the environment, sustainability, health and well-being.

Nichola is church warden of Holy Trinity, Calverhall.  She is a member of the Shropshire St John Ambulance CPG and serves as a trustee of Preston Trust Homes; Calverhall Almshouses and the Lady Galway Trust.  



Fiona Rogers-Coltman

Mrs Fiona Rogers-Coltman DL

Date of commission: 3 October 2011
Lives in Bishops Castle

Fiona was born and bred in Shropshire and after a period working in London returned in the 1990s to the family farm in Shropshire with her husband Philip and three young children.  As well as helping her husband with the family farm, she runs her own business Chilton Liqueurs.

 

Fiona has been involved in many local fundraising activities over the years and continues to be involved with the RJAH Ludlow branch of the League of Friends.  She is a volunteer for the Church Stretton Good Neighbours and  Mayfair meals supporting the elderly in the local community.  She is also an active member of her local church PCC.

 

Particular interest:

  • QAVS
  • Charities
  • Youth and education
  • Health Care
Lieut Col (ret) Ian Sawers

Lieut Col (ret) Ian Sawers DL

Date of commission: 4 November 2016
Lives in Shrewsbury

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Sawers is a retired soldier having served 30 years in the Regular Army and five years with the TA.  He was Shropshire’s County Emergency Planning Officer for eight years and then worked for the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for a further 14 years before finally retiring in 2016. He is a patron of the Veterans Orthopaedic Centre and a Trustee of the League of Friends at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.  He is a volunteer Local Coordinator for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes and is an active member of the congregation at St Chad’s church in Shrewsbury.

 

He continues to take a keen interest in the welfare of former soldiers and has helped a number of members of his Regiment in the County.  He also takes every opportunity to promote the benefits of the Service Cadet Forces and particularly welcomes the opportunity to visit their training events.

David Sear

Mr David Sear DL

Date of commission: 15 September 2014
Lives in Market Drayton

David is an accountant  whose career started in Kensington & Chelsea before moving to Shropshire nearly 50 years ago with his wife and two children. He moved to Shropshire to work with Local government in Telford. He retired as  Chief Executive of the Wrekin Housing Trust in 1999 and then spent 10 years running his own consultancy company.

As a Deputy Lieutenant his particular interests are Charities, Health Care and the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

 

He helped set up the Telford Centre Rotary group 30 years ago and is still a very active member. He was  Chairman of the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital for four years before becoming Chairman of The Severn Hospice for six years in which he is still involved. Charities are his passion and he is now involved with Hope House Children’s Hospice, Parkinson’s Telford, and helping to set up a ‘Veterans Trail’ in Telford.

David Stacey

Mr David Stacey DL

Date of commission: 4 November 2016
Lives in Hope, near Minsterley
  • Trustee of Shropshire Welfare Trust
  • Patron Age UK Shropshire Telford and Wrekin
  • Trustee of Preston Trust Homes (Alms house)
  • Governor Long Mountain Primary School
  • Governor Shrewsbury School
  • Previously Chair of the Governors of Packwood Haugh School
  • Previously a volunteer with the Samaritans
  • High Sheriff of Shropshire 2015-16

 

Areas of interest:

  • Youth and Education
  • Later life (so I guess that might sit under Healthcare)
  • Law & Constabulary, Fire and Rescue
  • Commerce, Business and Employment
Martin Stevens DL

Mr Martin Stevens DL

Date of commission: 9 April 2021 
Lives in Market Drayton

Martin was born in the County Town of Shrewsbury in 1982 and spent his early childhood living in Telford.  He now lives in Market Drayton in North Shropshire.  He has a Degree in History from The University of Sheffield and a Postgraduate Diploma in the Public Sector from, The University of Birmingham.  

He was the Assistant Clerk to the Lieutenancy between 2006 and 2015, whilst also working for Shropshire Council.  During this time he helped to arrange over 60 Royal Visits to the County, including the visit by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Cosford in 2012 for the Shropshire Diamond Jubilee Pageant.  He was heavily involved in all Lieutenancy matters such as, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, arranging civic and ceremonial occasions for the Shropshire Lieutenancy, presentations of national honours, military events, citizenship ceremonies and general administrative work on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant.  

In 2012, he became a Board Member for the registered charity, the Community Foundation for Shropshire and Telford, having been a Member for a few years prior.  He became the Secretary in 2013, a voluntary role, to help oversee the charity merging successfully with the Shropshire Rural Communities Charity.  This was formalised successfully in October 2013, when the resolution was passed by the Board for the charity to merge.   He was the Honorary Secretary to, The Shropshire Society in London between March 2018 and March 2020 and remains a Committee Member with Life Membership.  He continues to work in Local Government, for City of Wolverhampton Council.  

His personal interests include, keeping up to date with current affairs, technology, reading, music, art, films, photography and walking.  Favourite sports are cricket and motorsport. 

Rhoderick Swire

Mr Rhoderick Swire DL

Date of commission: 15 September 2014
Lives in Ludlow

Rhoddy is Founder of Pantheon Ventures LLP a global Private Equity Fund of Funds with over US$47bn under management. He has various non-executive roles including Chairman of Music Marketing which manufactures multichannel communication devices and, Chairman designate of Azquo Limited, a Ludlow based software company.

 

Three years ago, Rhoddy joined the Foundation of Ludlow College Trust to help with management of the endowment. The Trust’s objective is to support the college over the long term with the income from the fund.  Rhoddy is a Council member for Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, and was appointed High Sheriff of Shropshire in March 2018.

 

Organisations

  • Pantheon Ventures LLP – Founder and Partner – Private Equity Fund of Funds
  • Music Marketing Services – Chairman – Multichannel Communication Devices
  • Azquo Limited – Chairman Designate – Software
  • Stanhope Capital – Advisor – Investment Management
  • Ludlow College Foundation – Governor
  • Council of Hereford Cathedral – Member
  • Friends of Mortimer Forest – Patron
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust – Patron

 

Interests

  • Honours Committee
  • Youth incl. education
  • Heritage Arts, Media and Sport
  • Charities
  • Commerce, Business and Employment

 

I try to help charities deliver their objectives and encourage each to communicate with others, especially locally.

 

Katy Tanner

Mrs Katy Tanner DL

Date of commission: 3 September 2009
Lives near Church Stretton
  • Director, Tanners Wines Ltd
  • Chairman, Holroyd Community Theatre at Moreton Hall
  • Patron, Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival
  • Particular Interest in County:
  • Youth inc Education
  • Charities
  • Heritage, Arts Media
Sir Edward Tait Bt DL

Sir Edward Tate DL

Date of commission: 9 April 2021
Lives at the Isle, Shrewsbury

Brought up in Canada and Jamaica, Edward came to Shropshire in the mid 70’s. He was educated at Shrewsbury before joining the army spending the next 10 years travelling the world along with many other Salopians in a regiment called the Welsh Guards.

On leaving the forces he worked in the housing sector before returning to farm near Shrewsbury. He is a keen advocate of regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices and plays particular attention to biodiversity, soil and conservation.

Having an interest in both history and geography he also supports a wide range of groups, organisations and associations which help both the young and old by promoting social inclusion, mental & physical wellbeing, education and opportunity.

Edward is married to Rosalind, has two grown up daughters and one grandson.

Robin Thompson

Mr Robin Thompson, CBE, TD, DL

Date of commission: 4 November 2004
Lives in Hadnall, Shrewsbury

After seven years in the army serving in the UK , Germany and Australia, Robin Thompson joined the family agricultural and property business. As a result of forming Shropshire Rural Housing Association and chairing South Shropshire Housing Association, he became a non-executive member of the Housing Corporation, Deputy Chairman of The Rural Development Commission and an involvement as President of The Community Council of Shropshire. He has retained an interest in the provision of affordable rural housing, as well as the reuse of redundant rural buildings. In retirement he has become a Trustee of CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

 

Organisations currently involved in:

  • Vaughan Nash Trust – gives bursaries for students pursuing rural skills, eg saddlery, thatching etc.
  • CPRE
  • Sansaw Estates

 

Interests:

  • Honours Committee
  • Armed Forces
  • Charities
  • Church
Amanda Thorn MBE DL

Mrs Amanda Thorn MBE DL (known as Mandy)

Date of commission: 6 April 2020
Lives in Leighton

Married to Mark, we have two grown up children Katie and Nick. Moved to Shropshire in 1993 to join the family business of which I am now the chairman.

 

Public roles:

Chair of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and current President of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce. Chair of Lingen Davies Cancer Trust; a Trustee of Skills for Care and also of Shrewsbury Town in the Community. I am a governor at Prestfelde School, a member of Shrewsbury Drapers Company and a member of Shrewsbury Darwin Rotary Club.

 

My particular areas of interest/expertise are within commerce, business and employment, health (and social) care and charities. I am also very interested in sport and the role that sport can play in promoting health and wellbeing.

 

In addition I am a member of the parochial parish council of St Mary’s under the Wrekin, Leighton.

Hugh Trevor-Jones

Mr Hugh Trevor-Jones DL

Date of commission: 3 September 2009
Lives in Oldbury, Bridgnorth

Hugh is Chairman of the Lowe & Fletcher Group of companies, a family business that designs and makes locking systems for industry and smoke and fire curtains for buildings. Today the Group employs 1,000 people and has its headquarters in Bridgnorth. Hugh is the fifth generation of his family to lead the business, which was founded in 1889. He is always keen to promote the great contribution that long-term family businesses make to the UK economy.

 

In 2010 Hugh was High Sheriff of Shropshire. During his shrieval year he focused much of his efforts on organisations that support young people and help them to become good citizens, and he is still involved in doing that.

 

Hugh was County President of the Royal British Legion for six years, retiring in 2019, and in 2012 he was President of the Shropshire Horticultural Society.

 

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust for six years, retiring in 2017.

 

Hugh was a governor of Shrewsbury School for nine years where he chaired the Audit Committee. He was also a governor of Packwood Haugh school for seven years where he chaired the appeal for the performing arts theatre.

 

He is married with four adult children and his interests include motoring, boating, cycling and photography.

 

Jennifer Wynn

Mrs Jennifer Wynn DL

Date of commission: 4 November 2016
Lives in Shifnal

Current roles

  • Director and co-owner of Wynn Developments
  • Director and co-owner of The Inspirational Learning group
  • Director and co-owner Elmhurst Nursing Home
  • Trustee and Board member Wynn Foundation
  • University Centre Shrewsbury Advisory Board member
  • Chair Albrighton Village Halls Trust
  • Committee member Sight Loss Shropshire
  • Chair Shropshire lieutenancy Honours Panel
  • Member of Queens Award for Voluntary Service committee
  • Founder member Shropshire Youth support Trust

 

Interest or area of expertise

  • Queen’s Award for Enterprise
  • Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
  • Honours Panel
  • Business mentoring
  • Crime prevention and women’s aid projects
  • Health care especially Social prescribing projects
  • The law and Probation service

 

Resume of community involvement

  • Organise and help run free activities for village children throughout school holidays
  • Assist with activities for OAP’s in Albrighton including, annual  Xmas party, weekly lunch club.
  • Fund raising for village people, Red House and other good causes.
  • Support for British Police Symphony Orchestra
  • Support for Children’s University (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Evaluating community projects and funding applications to the Wynn Foundation