Your Lieutenancy

Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE is the City’s third Lord-Lieutenant.  She was preceded by Sir James Napier Tidmarsh KCVO MBE (from 1996 to 2007) and Mrs Mary Prior CVO MBE DStJ JP (from 2007 to 2017).  Her commission runs until 2028. Lord-Lieutenants normally retire on their 75th birthday.

Historically, the office of Lord-Lieutenant dates to the reign of King Henry VIII who made the holder responsible for the maintenance of law and order and for all military matters necessary for defence.  The Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen. The office is non-political.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant is Dr Timothy Chambers OBE JP FRCP. One of the roles of Vice Lord-Lieutenant is the appointment of the Lord-Lieutenant, subject to the approval of The Queen, and lasts for an agreed period of time.  The Vice Lord-Lieutenant takes on such duties as the Lord-Lieutenant may decide and can represent the Lord-Lieutenant for any function except the chairing of the Keeper of the Roles.

The Deputy Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant and vary in number according to the number of inhabitants in the County and City of Bristol at the last Census.  On this basis, there may be up to 33 Deputy Lord-Lieutenants in post.  Each retires on their 75th birthday.  The aim of the Lord-Lieutenant is to appoint Deputies that reflect the diversity of the County in terms of social range, community background, gender, ethnic mix and service to the community.

The  Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lord-Lieutenants for the County and City of Bristol are:

Dr Timothy Chambers OBE JP DL VR

Dr Timothy (Tim) Chambers OBE JP DL VR has been Vice Lord-Lieutenant since 2012. Before that he served as Bristol's High Sheriff. He is a retired physician, magistrate and school governor and spent 28 years serving in the Army Reserve and Army Cadet Force. His recreations are artistic and contemplative. He lives in Redland.

Dr Timothy Chambers

Mrs Sheila Wileman MVO

Sheila Wileman has been Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol since its inception in 1996.

She received an MVO in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015 – for services to the Bristol Lieutenancy.

Mrs Sheila Wileman

Dick Hamilton Clerk to the Lieutenancy

A retired police officer who served for 30 years with the Avon and Somerset Constabulary. He remained there for a further 13 years as a member of police staff planning Royal and VIP visits.

Dick Hamilton

Revd Philip Auden DL

Ordained in 1980, holding a number of ecclesiastical posts, came to Bristol in 1999 as Mission to Seamen Chaplain, based at Royal Portbury Dock. Serving as Bristol Merchant Navy Association Padre since 1999 and National Vice President. Serving Trustee with NACOA.

Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in November 2006.

Revd Philip Auden

Robert Bourns DL

Robert Bourns. Bristolian. Married- 4 fantastic adult children, a granddaughter and extraordinary wife. Solicitor- former Managing Partner and then Senior Partner of TLT Solicitors, a national firm employing c.1200 people across the UK, proudly headquartered in Bristol. I was President of The Law Society of England & Wales (2016/17) and am passionate about the power of diversity, showing individuals and communities what can be achieved and supporting them as they seize the opportunities open to them.

I am current Chair of the Quartet Community Foundation, a governor of the Merchants Academy (Hartcliffe) and director of Friends of Room 13 (Hareclive) Limited

Robert Bourns

Maggie Cameron DL

I’m a listening volunteer and a trustee of Bristol Samaritans.  Within Samaritans I’m the South West Regional Education officer, a Postvention advisor providing support following an unexplained death in a school, college or university and a Branch Visitor ensuring other branches are following policies and good practice.   I also provide workplace training on emotional support and I’m a member of the Suicide Prevention Audit Group for Bristol.

Outside of Samaritans, I volunteer for Shout crisis text line and deliver training  for LivingWorks, suicide intervention courses (ASIST & safeTALK)    I also support my husband Don in Cameron Balloons.  We have seven children and four grand-children.

Maggie Cameron

Dr Joanna Chambers DL

Dr Joanna Chambers has been a Deputy Lieutenant since March 2004.

I am a retired Palliative Medicine Physician. I was a founding Trustee for Jessie May, a children’s Hospice at Home Service and served on their board from its start in 1995 till February 2017 (with a break in service from 2007 till 2010) I am now its President. I am also a churchwarden for Cotham Parish Church and an Ambassador for the Girl Guides.

Dr Joanna Chambers

Mr David Constantine MBE DL

David Constantine MBE is Founder Director of Motivation, a charity which sets up self-sustaining projects to improve the quality of life of people with mobility disabilities, mainly in developing countries. Working in collaboration with partner organisations, both international and national NGO’s, Motivation designs and provides wheelchairs specifically developed for the challenging environment they are needed in. Motivation also works to ensure that the wheelchairs are provided through trained wheelchair services and that disabled people have the best opportunity to be included in all aspects of life, receiving the equipment, training and support to be healthy, confident and active. Motivation has worked with the World Health Organization to help create global guidelines on the provision of wheelchairs in less resourced settings.

Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol in September 2014.

Mr David Constantine

Her Honour Susan Darwall Smith DL

Susan Darwall Smith was called to the Bar in 1968, joined Bristol Chambers and practised on the Western Circuit until 1992. Sue was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1986 and a Circuit Judge in 1992 serving as Designated Family Judge for Bristol from 1996 to 2008. Sue and her husband, also a Circuit Judge, retired from the Bench in 2012. She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol in March 2004. Other appointments include:- a governor of the Red Maids’ School Bristol 1990 to 2010, President of the Grateful Society for 2013, Chair of Bristol NSPCC since 2014, a Patron of the Jessie May charity, a Trustee of St Monica Trust since 2017 serving on the Care Committee, Maître of La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Bristol since 2015.

Sue and her husband Simon have 2 daughters and three grandchildren.

Her Honour Susan Darwall Smith

Mr David John JP DL

Born 1954 in London to Trinidadian Parents : Hairdresser and photographer . Kingston Polytechnic 1972 for Law degree. Came to Bristol 1987 with family to attend Bristol Polytechnic . Councillor 1989 -96. David John former Avon County Councillor (Chair 1990-91 ) ; past Chair of Watershed Trust;St Paul's Education Trust ; Montpelier Community Arts Centre; Bristol Magistracy 21 years and many inner city community initiatives. Keen Cricket enthusiast (Club and County) qualified Umpire and follows W.I. team when on tour.

David John was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol in August 1996.

Mr David John

Mr Roger Opie DL

Roger became a Deputy Lieutenant in February 2016 and is the County & City of Bristol’s High Sheriff in nomination for 2018-19. He worked as a teacher of economics and held senior positions in local schools including time as a headteacher before becoming Director of Education at The Industrial Society where he led national and global projects on education leadership and corporate social responsibility for businesses. He led the local Ablaze charity supporting business volunteering in disadvantaged schools to achieve the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

A former county athlete he is a Vice President of Clifton Rugby Club and their media spokesperson. Roger is married to Mary and has two grown up children with grandchildren.      

Mr Roger Opie

Mr Stephen Parsons MBE DL

Stephen Parsons read law at Leeds University and General Management at Bradford University, His business career was principally in Aerospace and Defence Companies He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol in June 2010 and was Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals between 2009 – 2010. He was Chair of the NSPCC Bristol Business Committee between 1998 and 2002, Chair of the Choral Foundation of Bristol Cathedral between 2002 and 2012. He was Chair of Quartet Community Foundation from May 2010 to October 2014. He was the Chair of The Social Enterprise Sector Group of the West of England LEP between 2010 and 2017 and more recently a board member of the WOE LEP West of England Investment Board. He was Chair of the Worshipful Company of Security Professional Charitable Trust between 2011 and 2015. Stephen is Chair of the following: The Cathedral Schools Trust, Bristol Cathedral Choir School, The Cathedral Primary School, The Fitzhardinge Society, Bristol Cathedral Trust. He is a Director of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust and the Diocese of Bristol Academies Company. He is a Board Member of the United Kingdom Community Foundations, Nuclear South West and the Bristol Initiative. Stephen is a member of the Standing Committee and actively participates in Merchant Venturers Committees including the Care of the Elderly Charity, the Charity Committee, and the Heritage Committee. He is a Canon of the College of Canons of the Diocese of Bristol. He was awarded an MBE on 31/12/2014.

Mr Stephen Parsons

Revd Richard Pendlebury MBE DL

Richard is the Chief Executive of the Anchor Society, a grant making charity serving older people in the greater Bristol region and chair of Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, a social investment Community Interest Company.   Prior to this he established a number of charities including Changing Tunes, Emmaus Bristol and The Beacon Centre, Cardiff.  Richard is an ordained minister in the Church of England. 

Richard was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours 2009. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol in June 2010.

Revd Richard Pendlebury

Mrs Aroona Smith MBE DL

Aroona Smith is wife to Steven, mother to Aysha and Natalie and grandmother to Louana and Anaya. She worked in the voluntary sector for 30 years. Much of her work involved setting up skills and building employment opportunities for disadvantaged women.  Now retired.

Currently Trustee of the New Room [John Wesley’s Chapel] and Steward at Totterdown Methodist Church. Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in March 2004, she received an MBE in the Birthday Honours 2005.

Mrs Aroona Smith

Mrs Margaret Thomas MBE JP DL (Meg)

Meg moved to Bristol in 1970 aged 18 to undertake State Registered Nurse training and became a Staff Nurse followed by a Ward Sister.  Marriage and motherhood progressed and Meg dedicated her professional life to charity work, and projects in the community. In 1985 Meg was appointed as a JP which opened her eyes to various areas of life in Bristol that needed support. Her passions included Bristol Drugs Project, as a trustee for ten years, where she honed her skills at raising significant amounts of money to help fund its services. In 1992 Meg became a trustee of the St Monica trust for 14 years. Meg became a member of the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Leyhill and HMP YOI  Ashfield, positions which she held for 20 years. This led Meg to become a founder Trustee of Making the Change, a halfway house for children leaving HMP Ashfield. In 2002 Meg became a Deputy Lieutenant and very much enjoys participating in citizenship ceremonies and helping the Lord Lieutenant when necessary. Meg was awarded the medal of the League of Mercy in 2002 and became a trustee in 2006. She takes great pleasure in awarding the League of Mercy medal to exceptional volunteers. Meg was recognised for her voluntary work in 2010 when she was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list. Currently Meg is a trustee of the Nepali Children’s Trust, a charity she helped to found in 2005. In her spare time, Meg enjoys looking after her house and garden and loves entertaining friends and family. In recent months, Meg has had the joy of becoming a grandmother, which she adores.

Mrs Margaret Thomas

Colonel Jane Thompson TD DL PhD APFS

I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1976, with a BSc in Human Biology, followed by an MSc in Animal Nutrition from Aberdeen University.  Having worked at the Medical Research Council Molecular Haematology Unit, University of Oxford, I came to Bristol in 1985 to do a PGCE.  In 1994 I obtained a PhD in Clinical Veterinary Medicine and then changed career to be a Chartered Financial Planner.  I was in the Reserve Army for 35 years, a great deal of it at Bristol University Officers Training Corps, and I was on the staff of the Army Officer Selection Board at Westbury.  In August 2009 I became the first woman to command the Bristol City and County Army Cadet Force, a youth organisation staffed mainly by volunteers. I keep in contact with Bristol University by sitting on a number of Committees, including the Wills Hall Association, the Knowlson Trust and Convocation. I live in Bristol and I am Chairman of the Army Benevolent Fund.

Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol in September  2014.

Colonel Jane Thompson