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Two new deputy lieutenants for Essex

Politics / Tue 22nd Jul 2014 at 01:14pm

A FARMER and a former Essex Police officer, who both work tirelessly for local charities, have been appointed Deputy Lieutenants for Essex.

Jonathan (Jonny) Minter, from Colchester, and Wing Commander Glenn Mayes, from Maldon, will help the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, to uphold the dignity of the Crown, as well as other public duties, including assisting the territorial, auxiliary and volunteer reserve and the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force Cadet Forces.

Lord Petre said: “I am delighted to be able to make these appointments. The individuals concerned have made a great contribution to the county and fully deserve the recognition they have received.”

Mr Minter joined the Essex Community Foundation as a trustee in 2010, becoming chairman last year. The independent charitable trust supports communities in Essex.

He is a trustee of several charities, including the National Farmers’ Union (Essex) Trust, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He holds various positions within the Worshipful Company of Skinners, which relieves poverty and disadvantage, including chairman of the Skinners’ Almshouse Charity and chairman of its Charity Committee. He was Master in 2009/2010.

A keen conservationist, Mr Minter was a trustee of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust from 2005-2009.

Conservation is also a very important part of his philosophy on his land in the Stour Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty which he is keen to preserve and develop. It is a haven for wildlife and he has reintroduced birds, such as the grey partridge. He is keen to combine traditional and new farming methods to work the land and aims to preserve land and buildings, and rear birds and animals in their natural habitats.

Mr Mayes served for 31 years as a police officer with Essex Police, retiring as an Inspector in 2008. His final role was the development and implementation of the Police Community Support Officers into the Essex force.

Following air cadet service with the Air Training Corps, in 1979 he was commissioned into the Training Branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve at 276 (Chelmsford) Squadron. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, he commanded 276 (Chelmsford) Squadron and subsequently 158 (Braintree) Squadron.

He was subsequently appointed to Wing Staff with responsibility for staff development, later being promoted to Wing Commander and appointed Office Commanding, Essex Wing in February 2006. He retired in December 2013 and received his fourth ‘clasp’ to his Cadet Forces Medal.

A life member of the Royal Air Forces Association, Mr Mayes has recently been elected vice-chairman of the Chelmsford Branch. He is also an executive member of the Toastmasters General Council.

Mr Mayes is very interested in beekeeping. In January 2013 he was elected vice-chairman and training co-ordinator of the Dengie Hundred and Maldon Division of the Essex Beekeepers’ Association. He is also a committee member and divisional ‘trustee’ on the association’s County Executive Committee.

Mr Mayes is also a member of various charities including the RSPB, National Trust, International Police Association, National Association of Retired Police Officers, Air Cadet Connect, Royal Society of St George and the Western Front Association.

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