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New Lord-Lieutenant appointed in Essex

Communities / Fri 23rd Jun 2017 at 10:47am

Jennifer Tolhurst

HER Majesty The Queen has appointed a new Lord-Lieutenant of Essex to replace Lord Petre when he retires in August after 15 years as the Royal representative in the County.

Jennifer Tolhurst, a current Deputy Lieutenant, will take over from Lord Petre, who will stand down on August 4 after turning 75 – the obligatory retirement age for the Sovereign’s representatives.

Mrs Tolhurst, a former High Sheriff of Essex, who lives in Danbury with her husband Philip, said: “I am extremely honoured to have been appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Essex. It will be a tremendous challenge to follow Lord Petre who has given such wonderful service to the County of Essex, but I will do my absolute best to fulfil the role, and represent Her Majesty the Queen in our very special County.”

Mrs Tolhurst, who has three grown-up children and seven grandchildren, launched the Danbury and Little Baddow branch of the NSPCC and chaired the Prince’s Youth Business Trust in Essex, while also serving as a Magistrate and Vice Chairman of the Governors of New Hall School.

She remains Vice-President of the Essex Community Foundation, serves on Essex University Court, is an assessor for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Services and is Vice-Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.

Lord Petre, 18th Baron of the Petre family and Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, whose ancestral family home is at Ingatestone Hall, said: “I have every confidence that Jenny will be a most worthy personal representative of HM The Queen in this County.

“She has already proved herself many times over as an active and enthusiastic supporter of a large number of our local institutions and is well placed to give encouragement and backing for all that is best about our wonderful County.”

The office of The Chairman and Vice Chairman of Essex County Council provides administrative support to the Lord-Lieutenant, including organising Royal Visits, ceremonies for new citizens, Queen’s Awards ceremonies and submitting Honours nominations.

Chairman of Essex County Council, Councillor John Aldridge, added: “For several decades the Chairman and staff of the County Council have worked closely with the Lord Lieutenant of Essex. We all look forward to continuing that strong relationship with Mrs Tolhurst as she takes on this most important and prestigious role.

“For the past 15 years, Lord Petre has served the people of Essex as the representative of HM The Queen for the County. His term of office has been marked by a commitment that has earned him enormous respect and affection throughout Essex. His unstinting work with charities and the uniformed services has only been equalled by his unfailing good humour and ability to put all he meets at their ease.

“Lord Petre has without any doubt been seen by all as truly the ‘First Citizen of Essex’.

“I wish him well in his well-earned retirement from this distinguished office.”

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