New Deputy Lieutenants appointed for West Sussex

JPCT 14-03-12 Official opening of new boarding house at Steyning Grammar School by Lord Lieutenant Mrs Susan Pyper  S12120156a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 14-03-12 Official opening of new boarding house at Steyning Grammar School by Lord Lieutenant Mrs Susan Pyper S12120156a -photo by Steve Cobb

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, has today (Monday October 15) appointed the following people to serve as Deputy Lieutenants for the County of West Sussex:

Dr John Godfrey, Mr Neil Hart, Mrs Carole Hayward JP, Group Captain Derek North.

Dr John Godfrey, from Arundel, is a former Chief Executive of the Sussex Police Authority, having recently completed 40 years in local government.

He is currently Chairman of the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee.

Heavily involved in local voluntary activities, Dr Godfrey is also Vice-Chairman, South Downs Society; Vice-Chairman, Trustees of Weald & Downland Open-Air Museum; Trustee, Sussex Heritage Trust; Member, National Trust Regional Advisory Board for London & South-East; Member, Court of University of Sussex; Member, Research Committee of Sussex Archaeological Society; Member, South Downs National Park Partnership; former Chairman, The Arundel Society; Writer and Lecturer on Landscape History; Freeman of Chichester Harbour.

Recently widowed, Dr Godfrey and his late wife, Sally, have three adult children.

Mr Neil Hart, from Bepton, Midhurst is a solicitor and is shortly to give up the Chairmanship of Thomas Eggar, where he has worked since 1984.

Involved in local activities he is currently a Trustee of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, a Trustee of the Sussex Community Foundation, and a Trustee, Outset Youth Action. He is also Non Executive Chairman, Risk Analysis (UK) Limited, and a Past Chairman, Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Board Member, Sussex Business Link and former Council Member, British Chamber of Commerce.

Married to Rosalind, the couple have two adult children.

Mrs Carole Hayward, JP, from Cuckfield, was formerly involved in education specialising in agriculture and the countryside.

A longstanding Magistrate, she was recently the Chairman of the Northern Bench for Sussex. Currently she is the organiser for the ‘Magistrates in the Community’ Project. She is also heavily involved in other local activities - she is a Parish Councillor, Governor of St Mark’s CE Primary School, a Governor of Plumpton College, a Trustee of Plumpton College Charity, West Sussex NFU representative on the National Education Committee, Trustee of Cuckfield Museum, and Council Member, the South of England Agricultural Society.

Married to Andrew Wimbush, the couple have five adult children.

Group Captain Derek North, from Worth, Crawley, is a former RAF pilot, retiring as a Group Captain in late 1997 to join Racal Defence Systems as Senior Marketing Manager.

He left to join Spearhead Exhibitions in 2000 as Senior Aerospace Adviser, retiring in 2003. In 1976, he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.

Since then he has been heavily involved in local activities, including: Secretary, Crawley Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, Treasurer, Crawley and East Grinstead Division, SSAFA-Forces Help, County President of the Sussex Royal British Legion, Chair of Governors, Gossops Green Community Primary School, Chairman, Crawley Armed Forces Day Committee, Secretary, XIX (Crawley) Squadron ATC,

Married to Val, the couple have two adult children.

Deputy Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant at her discretion, subject only to Her Majesty The Queen not disapproving of the granting of the commission.

Appointment to the office of Deputy Lieutenant is in recognition of distinguished service to the community, predominantly in a voluntary capacity, or to the country or county.

There are currently 41 Deputy Lieutenants geographically spread over the county.

Although military in origin, the post no longer has any military significance, but every Deputy Lieutenant undertakes to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in the performance of any duties that may be laid upon him or her. This can include representing the Lord-Lieutenant at formal functions, award ceremonies, citizenship ceremonies or attending Remembrance Day services.