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Harlow community champion appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Essex

Communities / Sun 8th Nov 2020 at 02:02pm

SIX new Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Essex have been appointed by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst.

The role of the Deputy Lieutenant is to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in her first and foremost duty, which is to uphold the dignity of the Crown and of assisting the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and Pre-Service organisations.

Mrs Tolhurst 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.”

The new Deputy Lieutenants are:

Mrs Jacqueline Sully from Harlow

Jackie was born in London but has spent her adult life in Essex, living and working in Harlow. After working in the private and public sectors she moved into the community sector where she stayed for over 30 years. In 1999 she founded the charity Rainbow Services and remained as CEO until her retirement in 2017. During this time, she chaired the Harlow Strategic Partnership, working closely with the local authority and the other Essex LSP chairs.

Jackie is married with 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

Jackie served as a JP on the North West Essex bench and was an active non-executive member of the Harlow PCT, West Essex PCT and West Essex CCG boards, specialising in patient and community engagement. She was a trustee of the Essex Community Foundation and chaired the grants and programmes panel.

Jackie told YH: ” I want to continue to be a voice for Harlow and highlighting all the great work done in our town.”

Professor Michael Almond QVRM, from Billericay

Michael (Mike) Almond is Professor of Veterans & Families Studies at the Veterans & Families Research Hub. The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) sponsor Anglia Ruskin University to run the Hub to carry out research. Ongoing projects include translating the findings of recent research commissioned by FiMT into plain language, insights that can be practically applied and understood by organisations that support veterans and their families.

Mike has also been a Reservist since 1977. His most recent deployment in 2018 was to South Sudan supporting the United Nations’ mission there. He has three current reservist roles. The first is with SO1 Med Reserves, which is designed to support the policy, manning and deployment of the RAF Reserves medical component. The second is a consultant at RAF Henlow in the Aviation Medical Clinical Service, seeing aircrew with medical problems with the aim to keep them flying. And finally, supporting the RAF Aeromedical Service of TMW (Tactical Medical Wing) at RAF Brize Norton.

Mr Roger Brice from Bures near Colchester

Roger is a Solicitor and Senior Partner of Gepps. He is a Higher Court Advocate specialising in Criminal and Military litigation practising in courts at home and abroad. He was a member of the Law Society’s Standing Committee on Criminal Law and a Member of the Criminal Justice Board for Essex Suffolk and Norfolk. He was Chairman of the United Kingdom Forces Law network and is a member of the Institute of Military Court Advocates. He is a trustee of the Rural Community Council of Essex and was appointed Under Sheriff of Essex in 2014.

Mr Hugh Pegrum from Epping

Hugh Pegrum is an arable farmer from Epping where he has lived and farmed all his life. He studied Agriculture at Writtle College and was a member of Ongar Young Farmers which culminated in him serving as County Chairman of Essex Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. He has been a member of Epping Town Council since 1999 and served as Epping Town Mayor in 2002.

Hugh is Treasurer of the Epping Theydon Trust, a local housing charity, and a trustee of The Epping & Theydon Garnon Joint Charities which owns alms houses, a small farm and gives educational grants to local students.

Hugh is married to Diane and has two daughters.

Mr Amrik Sandhu from Loughton

Amrik Sandhu is currently Executive Head of Trading and Origination at Anglo American covering business expansion across the commodity complex. Prior to joining Anglo American, Amrik co-founded a boutique commodity advisory business with the objective to engage at senior level to transform businesses creating value for clients. That followed on from a 26 year career in banking as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Deutsche Bank.

Amrik first contacted the Essex Community Foundation (ECF) in 2017 after he and his family established a Leadership Foundation in memory of their son; Amrik engaged with ECF to identify potential partnerships and opportunities for the Foundation to provide additional support to the local community. The Ajvir Singh Sandhu Leadership Foundation (www.ajvirlf.com) was set up to uphold the principles and values of their son in order to motivate young people to reach their full potential as leaders. To date the Foundation has launched a number of programs including sixth form mentoring, university scholarship opportunities and a small grants scheme. Amrik also acts as Ambassador for RAFA.

Mr James Scruby from Saffron Walden

After a short service commission in the Army, James Scruby pursued a career in finance including 14 years at Kleinwort Benson where he was a Managing Director in Corporate Finance, advising governments and international energy companies. He then founded Envirocapital in 2003 to develop and finance renewable energy and agri-energy projects. His career has taken him and his family to many different countries.

James is a Trustee of the English-Speaking Union, a charity which helps to give young people the speaking and listening skills and cultural understand they need to thrive. James received a Secondary School Exchange scholarship to the USA from the ESU in 1974 and became actively involved in the ESU again in 2014. He is particularly interested in encouraging primary and secondary schools in Essex to develop their pupil’s communication skills, focusing on public speaking and debating.

James is married to Sarah, a chartered surveyor and past Chairman of Home-Start Uttlesford. They have three grown up children and live near Saffron Walden.

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