Deputy Lieutenants

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant is assisted by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Brian Buchan. He plays a substantial role in planning the work of the Lieutenancy, in management of particular projects and in deputising for the Lord-Lieutenant.

Mr Brian Buchan DL

Brian studied Chemistry at Jesus College, Oxford and went on to an international management career with Procter & Gamble becoming Group Vice-President and a Company Officer.  Upon his return to the UK, he held a number of CEO, Chairman and non-executive roles with consumer goods companies. 

Brian currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee at the Story Museum in Oxford, is Treasurer of OXSRAD a disability centre in east Oxford and is a member of the Jesus College Development Committee. 

Deputy Lieutenants

The Lord-Lieutenant also has a team of Deputy Lieutenants across the county. The number of Deputies a Lord-Lieutenant is entitled to depends on the population size of each county. Oxfordshire’s establishment of up to 43 Deputy Lieutenants constitutes an influential body well placed to champion community effort in the county.

The Deputy Lieutenants are deliberately well spread around Oxfordshire geographically, and each major town has a nominated Deputy who keeps a particular eye on activity and will often deputise for the Lord-Lieutenant in attendance at events in that town and its immediate area.

The Deputies represent a wide range of background and skill and experience covering the church, the arts, the voluntary sector, farming and the countryside, the environment, the military, the law, business, civic affairs and the universities. Their local and specialist knowledge and experience is increasingly being used to positive effect in key sectors ranging from local government to youth services and from industry to the rural economy.

Ms Lynda Atkins DL

Lynda has served as a Town Councillor in Wallingford, of which she has twice been the Mayor, for 13 years.  She was for 12 years until the end of September 2019 an Independent Councillor on Oxfordshire County Council.

After an early career for 8 years in the RAF she worked for the NHS and the Department of Health.  She was until recently the very active County Chairman of the Royal British Legion in Oxfordshire and the County Council’s liaison partner with RAF Benson.  She is now a Trustee of the Royal British Legion.  Lynda is Chair of the Oxfordshire branch of SERFCA.

Mr William Alden MBE DL

Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. Patron of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire (SOFO) Appeal. Formerly Chairman and Managing Director of the Alden Press.

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 2012.

Helen, Lady Baker DL

Trained as a social worker. Career in health and social care, housing and education in the voluntary and public sectors. Chaired two NHS trusts in Oxfordshire before becoming chair of Advance, a national learning disability and mental health charity in 2006.

Moved to chair Dimensions, a national charitable organisation working with individuals with learning disability and autism in summer 2013. Previously a governing council member, General Social Care Council, Deputy Commissioner, Commission for the Compact and a member of Governing Council, National College for Schools’ Leadership. Co-founder of Young Dementia UK,  Founder/Director of CharityWorks,

Director of Books Beyond Words, Director of The Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour, Chair of OCVA.

Sir Tony Baldry, DL

Was Member of Parliament for Banbury for 32 years and was awarded his knighthood in 2012.  He is the head of a set of commercial chambers in the Temple and a Non-Executive Director of a number of private and public companies.  Sir Tony chairs the Church Buildings Council which looks after the care and maintenance of all 16,000 Parish Churches in England and chairs the Trustees of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London. He is High Steward of Banbury.

Mrs Marie-Jane Barnett DL

Chairman of the Friends of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust. Has lived in Oxfordshire for 41 years.  Chairman of Towersey Parish Council for 15 years and from 1987 to 2006 organised and performed in annual jazz concerts in aid of local charities.

Has been involved in many other charitable fundraising events.  Past President of the Oxfordshire and County Thame Show and she has recorded two CDS of jazz standards which are on sale for charity.

Married with two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren. Hobbies include cooking, painting, gardening and garden design, singing and music, particularly jazz and choral music.

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 2010.

Mr Peter Bennett-Jones CBE DL

Peter Bennett-Jones is a film and television producer and agent, founding in 1987 the Tiger Television Group and PBJ Management, which represents leading comedians and presenters. He was given BAFTA’s Special and the Royal Television Society’s Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2011 for services to the industry and to charity.  Peter has held numerous Trustee positions, including being a Founder and Chair of Comic Relief, Chair of Save the Children and a Trustee of the Oxford Playhouse.

Peter and his family have lived in Oxford since 1997.

Brigadier Dennis Blease DL

Dennis Blease served in the British Army for 36 years and retired in 2008.  During the latter part of his service he worked mainly with NATO, but also with the EU and UN. 

Since retiring from the Army he has worked as an independent consultant lecturing and advising on security and justice reform in developing countries.   He has also combined active involvement in local matters within the Vale of White Horse with part-time doctoral studies at Cranfield University, Shrivenham, gaining his PhD in 2018.

Mr Robert Buckeldee DL

Businessman based in Oxford - 30 years at Nielsen, now consultant to commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Churchwarden at St Mary's Kidlington since 2015. Trustee with Cherwell Counselling. Chair of Oxfordshire Scouts County Awards committee. Member of Oxford Diocese Data Analysis workgroup.

Former chair of trustees for Oxfordshire Scouts, former chair of trustees for Edukid, a charity helping young people in Cambodia and Uganda into education.

Dr Robin Buxton MBE DL

Ecologist and wildlife conservationist. Robin has been part of the Earth Trust at Little Wittenham for over 30 years. He is Chair of the Trustees and of his late sister Patsy Wood’s legacy charity, treasurer of the Ecological Continuity Trust and a trustee of the Durrell Trust for Conservation Biology.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, and of the Society for the Environment, and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv.). He has served as a trustee of several charities including BBOWT, the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, Earth Trust, Wild Oxfordshire and Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment.

Her Honour Ann Campbell DL

A retired solicitor who practised for many years in Oxford as a family lawyer.  Most recently a Circuit Judge sitting in the Reading Crown and County Courts. Formerly a Trustee of Oxfordshire Family Mediation and Oxfordshire Relate.

A past Governor and Chair of Governors of Oxford High School. Currently a Trustee of Oxford Preservation Trust and a Trustee of the Blaschko Research Scholarship (Department of Pharmacology: University of Oxford). Formerly a member of the Court of Oxford Brookes University.

Patron of Oxfordshire Relate.

Mr Sam Clarke DL

Chairman of the Low Carbon Hub, Independent Chairman of the Organic Standards Board of the Soil Association and chair of Low Carbon Oxford North and Oxford North Community renewables, and a member of Charity Mentors.

Previously chairman of New Economics Foundation, Friends of the Earth and Stop Climate Chaos and a trustee of the Refugee Council and Asylum Welcome. His working life has included spells in IBM, Oxfam, and as Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Mind and World University Service.

Miss Jane Cranston DL

Jane has retired from the wine trade where she ran a Wine Merchant’s business she co-owned in Oxford.

She finished her year as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in April 2018.   She is now Chairman of the Charity Youth Challenge Oxfordshire (YoCO) and a Governor of Appleton Church of England Primary School.   She is also a Trustee of Vale House Care Home for Dementia, Chairman of Appleton Community Shop, Chairman of her Parish Meeting and Independent Chairman of the Oxford Homeless Movement (a group working to bring together the 35 different organisations that work in the Homeless sector in Oxford).

Prior to her current trusteeships she was, for several years, a Governor of the School of St Helen & St Katherine (where she was Chairman),  Abingdon School, Abingdon Prep School and the Manor Prep School

Jane lives in Besselsleigh.

Mr Brian Crossland DL

He worked in the motor industry for 30 years as a management accountant and change management consultant. He has chaired the Board of Governors for Carterton Community College. After retiring early he joined Carterton Town Council where he served as Mayor for two years; initiated the Carterton Fast Forward and Town Centre development programmes and established Carterton Community Centre Ltd which he currently chairs.

Mrs Moira Darlington DL

Moira Darlington studied Classics at St Anne’s College, Oxford and followed this with a PGCE at Canterbury in R.E. and History.  She has worked in education for forty years in the state and private sectors, in both academic and pastoral leadership roles, and was an I.S.I inspector.  She continues her interest in education as a school governor.

Married to Stephen Darlington MBE, Moira has had close links with cathedrals and music over thirty years.  She was a trustee of Emmaus Oxford for ten years, helping to establish the Oxford Community and serving on the Companion Welfare Committee.  She has fundraised for Emmaus and has helped organise events for Oxfordshire Youth.

Moira has lived in Oxford for 35 years.

Mrs Felicity Dick DL

Patron of Archway and OxPAT, Trustee of Oxfordshire Youth and Youth Challenge Oxfordshire (YoCO), Chair of Oxford Playhouse Development Committee and Ambassador for PACT (Parents & Children Together). 

Worked as the Manager of a Family Centre. Was joint founder of OX13 (a community youth group). Co-founder and Director of Appleton Community Shop. 

Interests and passions are in her large family; community especially young people and their challenges and opportunities; the environment; sailing, playing tennis and sport generally.

Glyn Evans DL

Glyn Evans  is the Director for Training and Development and Regional Director for central England at the Farming Community Network. Glyn served for 30 years as the rural officer in the diocese of Oxford and is a Canon Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He has worked extensively with rural voluntary sector organisations in the county, retains an interest in rural and agricultural issues and is a Patron of the Archway Foundation.

Ms Sara Fernandez DL

Sara Fernandez graduated from Merton College in 2009, where she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After university, she stayed in Oxford and grew the Student Hubs network, which supports students to be involved in their community.

She received a Cranfield Trust scholarship to complete an Executive MBA at Cranfield University, where she developed her vision to grow social action across Oxford City. She now leads the Oxford Hub, a social action centre that encourages everyone to make a difference in their community and promotes effective cross-sector collaboration.

Sara is passionate about diverse trustee boards, and has served as a trustee at Student Minds and Age UK Oxfordshire. Her experience led her to set up the Young Trustees Programme in 2016. The scheme has now matched over 80 young people to local boards, and increased governance skills across charities.

Outside of work, Sara is involved in youth work volunteering and foster care. She spends most of her free time outdoors, swimming and enjoying the Oxfordshire countryside.

Sara lives in Oxford.

The Honourable Martin Fiennes DL

Martin Fiennes works with Oxford Sciences Innovation plc, an investment company supporting spinouts from the Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences Division and Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford. He has spent over 20 years working in early stage technology venture capital in the UK. 

He lives at Broughton Castle, near Banbury, a house which has been in the family since 1377 and which welcomes over 15,000 visitors each year. Martin is responsible for managing the house upkeep and farming operations on the Broughton estate.

In addition he is a Trustee of the grant-giving charitable trust, the HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust, and a Non-Executive Director of Kings Arms Yard VCT plc.

Ms Tish Francis DL

Director of Oxford Playhouse from 1989-2008 and of own production and consultancy company TFA Ltd, she has been joint director of The Story Museum in oxford since 2009. She was chair and executive producer of Oxfordshire 2000, the organisation responsible for Oxfordshire's Own Millennium Festival and the 2002 Oxford Open City Festival celebrating The Queen's Golden Jubilee.

She is advisor to Oxford Inspires and Gravity Fields Festival, Grantham and a Trustee of The Rose Theatre, Kingston and new company Visible Theatre founded with an international professional ensemble aged 60-85. In 2008 Tish was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Oxford Brookes University for her services to theatre and the arts.

Mrs Marjorie Glasgow BEM DL

A resident of Charlbury for the last 15 years, Marjorie has been a leading figure in a number of Charlbury projects, most obviously the planning, fund raising and development for the town’s new £2.5 million community centre which opened in 2017.

She is a trustee and was chairman of the Thomas Gifford Trust, the charity that owns the Centre. She is a governor of The Ditchley Foundation and CEO of Ridge Clean Energy, a UK based renewable energy company.

Cynthia, Lady Hall DL

Head of The School of St Helen and St Katharine Abingdon 1993-2008; Head of Wycombe Abbey School High Wycombe 2008-2013; consultant Saxton Bampfylde 2013-. Formerly, member of the Oxfordshire Independent and State Schools Partnership Forum; President of the Girls’ Schools Association; Team Inspector Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Trustee of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; previous governorships for Cressex Community School, Portsmouth Grammar School, Magdalen College School and St Paul’s School.

Cynthia has lived in Henley for 24 years.

Mr John Harwood DL

Former Vice Lord-Lieutenant, and retired civil servant and local government chief executive. Until 2008 he was chief executive of the UK's Food Standards Agency.  Previously he had served as the first chief executive of the national Learning and Skills Council and before that as chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council.

He has been the chairman of both the Northmoor Trust (now the Earth Trust) and of the international education charity, CfBT Education Trust.  He has served on both the board of the Care Quality Commission and the Awards Council for the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.. He is currently a trustee of the Earth Trust, Cogges Heritage Trust, Oxfordshire Victoria County History Trust, and Young Dementia UK Homes, and a vice president of Oxfordshire Youth.

Imam Monawar Hussain MBE DL

Imam at Eton College, Muslim Chaplain to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the founder of The Oxford Foundation that seeks to support vulnerable, disaffected and low achieving young people through innovative educational programmes. He devised, pioneered and successfully piloted a unique educational programme confronting violent extremist ideology, aspects of which have been published and the programme has also been utilised to train RE teachers in the UK. 

Monawar also founded the national United for Peace: Communities United Against Extremism initiative that creates a shared space for people of faith or none to come together to affirm the values of love, peace, understanding and respect through a multi-faith service of readings, music and silent reflection. 

He is also a founding member of the Armed Forces Muslim Forum.  Monawar also serves as an advisor to a number of national charities including the Three Faiths’ Forum, the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, the Prison Phoenix Trust, and NSPCC national advisory group on safeguarding and Muslim Children.  He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

Mr Robert Kirtland DL

Robert Kirtland has lived in Oxfordshire all his life.  He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Critchleys, the county’s largest independent accountancy business, after attending Warwick University.  He became the firm’s Managing Partner in 2006, a position he held for 11 years.  He is now Critchley’s Senior Partner. 

For many years he has specialised in advising charities and not-for-profit clients in Oxfordshire, including Oxford colleges, independent schools, grant making trusts and academy schools.  He has been a Governor of Oxford Brookes University for eight years and is a founding trustee of Charity Mentors Oxfordshire. 

Robert lives in Wootton near Abingdon with his family.

Mr Ian Laing CBE DL

Chairman at Milton Park Ltd. Non Executive Director at Sussex Place Ventures Ltd and is the Chairman at SQL. On the Board at Oxford Semiconductor Ltd. and manages the Oxford Investment Opportunity Network. Was a Non-Executive Director of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust for five years. Governor of London Business School and of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A former Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors of the London Business School.

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 2005.

Mrs Miranda Markham DL

Community Relations Director for Value Retail (Bicester Village). She is a Director of Experience Oxfordshire, an executive member of the Bicester Chamber of Commerce and has been a founding executive board member of Bicester Vision since 2007.

Mr David Mason DL

Landowner, farmer, former Polar explorer and author of two novels, having previously served for nine years as an officer in the Welsh Guards and Special Forces. He was a District Commissioner for the Oxfordshire Scouts for ten years. He is President of the Royal British Legion Oxfordshire, and Chairman of the County Forum of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Oxfordshire.

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 1994.

Mr John May DL

John May is the Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award; A teacher and youth worker, he has spent his career working with and for young people in the United Kingdom and around the world.

John has been a teacher, headteacher, the national Education Director of Business in the Community, Chief Executive for Career Academies UK and Chief Executive for Young Enterprise.

He is a national trustee of The Marine Society and Sea Cadets and chairs the trustees of Oxfordshire Scouts.  He volunteers with Charity Mentors, Oxfordshire and is a visiting lecturer in education at Oxford Brookes University.  In 2008, he received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in recognition of his long-standing dedication to enterprise education.

John lives in Weston on the Green.  He lists his spare time activities as Scouting, long-distance running, hill-walking, theatre, good food, and attempting, usually unsuccessfully, to visit the gym regularly.

Mrs Elizabeth Paris DL

Following a career as a Managing Director at JP Morgan, Elizabeth is now Chair of the Oxford Playhouse, an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford Said Business School, and Chair of The Orwell Youth Prize. She is a trustee of SOFEA and of The Orwell Foundation, a Charity Mentor and a Vice-Patron of RAW.

Previous governance roles include governor of Activate Learning and trustee of The Craft Council, Art4Age and Kids@Art. She is engaged by the World Bank/IFC on the design of global Gender Sensitivity training for banks, and previously was the Oxford Director of both the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women programme in China, and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme.

Sir Charles Ponsonby Bt DL

Spent 35 years working in the financial sector in London. Chairman of Oxfordshire Youth (formerly Oxfordshire Association for Young People) and Chairman or Treasurer of three other Oxfordshire based charities. Lives on and owns a small agricultural estate near Woodstock.

Sir Tom Shebbeare DL

Tom was an international Civil Servant with the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) and Director of the European Youth Foundation before becoming the first Chief Executive of The Prince's Trust in 1988. He subsequently served as Director of The Prince's Charities (2004 - 2011).

He is currently Chairman of Spring Films, Virgin StartUp, Virgin Money Giving and until 2018 The Royal Parks Foundation. He is a Fellow of Green-Templeton College and a Trustee of 'China Exchange'.

For the past five years Tom has helped to create and deliver the Drayton (Vale of the White Horse) Parish's Neighbourhood Plan.  Tom lives in North Oxford.

Mrs Marion Stevenson DL

Was originally a probation officer. She is a family mediator and trainer for National Family Mediation. She was previously Director of Oxfordshire Family Mediation. Marion was founder and Chair of Oxford Community Mediation.

With her husband, Tim, she jointly chaired Charity Centre Oxford, a registered charity that worked to find, support the purchase of and run a synergy programme in the Old Music Hall, the shared building for charities and social enterprises in the Cowley Road.

Mr Tony Stratton DL

Local businessman. Chairman Emeritus of CPM Group and Chairman or NED of three other businesses within the marketing communications industry.

Tony has been Chairman of Oxford inspires and Experience Oxfordshire, is a Past President of The Oxfordshire County and Thame Show, Patron of the Thame Youth Memorial and was High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 2014/15. He is also a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain, a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Marketors, and a Fellow of the RSA.

High Sheriff in Nomination 2014.

Mr Neil Sutherland OBE DL

Served with the Regular Army and the Reserves for a total of 37 years, during which time he toured Northern Ireland, Germany, the Falkland Islands and Bosnia Herzegovina, where he lead the post-war civil-military reconstruction project. 

Formerly Managing Director of Oxford Consulting LLP, Neil has also been the Major Bids Director for Carillion Private Finance and National Director of both Carillion Healthcare and Interserve Local Authority and Education. 

Neil is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a non-executive Director of several not-for-profit and commercial organisations in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, is a Committee member of the South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, Chairman of Project Inspire, a Fellow of St Birinus and was awarded the OBE in 1993.  Neil is also actively involved with Fernham Village Trust.

Mr Bernard Taylor CBE DL

Chairman of Evercore Partners International LLP and Vice Chairman of Evercore Partners Inc. Retired member of the Council of the University of Oxford and a member of the University’s Finance Committee, Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences Division Board, Medical Sciences Division Board and an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College. Chairman of the Ashmolean Museum Board of Visitors and ISIS Innovation Limited. A fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chairman of the Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851, and Chairman of Garsington Opera. Also; Chairman of the Advisory Board and the Audit Committee of the Royal Society and a member of its Investment Advisory Committee and a director of the ERA Foundation. He also farms at Rycote Park.

Dr Kate Tiller OBE DL

Historian, Reader in English Local History, University of Oxford (now Emerita) and a Founding Fellow of Kellogg College. She has written or edited numerous books and articles, many on Oxfordshire history, including the Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire, published in 2011 and covering the county from prehistory to the present day. She chairs the Oxfordshire Victoria County History Trust, chaired the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques 2008-12, and is a trustee of the Oxfordshire Record Society.

She serves on the advisory boards of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum and of the East Oxford Capturing Histories project, and has connections with many community history groups, for example becoming, in 2015, Hon. President of the Hook Norton Local History Group.  Committee Member of Oxford University Rugby Football Club.

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society. She is a Trustee, and Education Chair of the British Association for Local History, and since 2014 their first corresponding member in a new link with the American Association for State and Local History. She is a visiting fellow at the Centre for English Local History, Leicester University, member of the national advisory board of the VCH at the Institute for Historical Research, London, and a patron of the Historic Chapels Trust. See also

Mr Richard Venables DL

An Oxford-based businessman who is also a keen participant in Oxfordshire Hockey; as assistant coach for the Boys’ U16 Squad and both coaching and playing for Oxford Hawks Hockey Club. 

Mr Venables sits on Islip Parish Council, is a Trustee of Islip Village Hall and is Joint Chair of the Oxford City Council Economic Steering Group.  He is a Director of VSL & Partners, is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a Board Member of Experience Oxfordshire and sits on the Board of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Mr Rod Walker DL

Head teacher of Larkmead School Abingdon 1985-1996; head teacher of The Henry Box School Witney 1996-2007; helped to devise and implement Oxfordshire's Local Management of Schools scheme.

Trustee of Auditory Verbal UK which helps profoundly deaf children gain age-appropriate language skills.   Lay member of various NHS panels concerned with Training and Medical Revalidation.  President of the Oxford and Witney Divisions of St. John Ambulance.  Governor of The Witney Educational Foundation.

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