Deputy Lieutenants

The Lord-Lieutenant appoints Deputy Lieutenants to assist her, and appoints one of these as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, to undertake duties as the Lord-Lieutenant determines, and to represent her when she is absent or otherwise unable to act.

Deputy Lieutenants are widely representative of the county in many respects including location, gender, social range and service, particularly voluntary service within the community.
There are currently 49 Deputy Lieutenants who assist the Lord-Lieutenant.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant

Michael Gurney

Michael Gurney was appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant on 16 November 2023 for a three year term.

Born in 1954 Michael lives on the family farm in North Norfolk near Cromer. He served in the Blues and Royals for 13 years and then worked in advertising and marketing in London and Norfolk including 23 years with the Point agency in Norwich.

He has been a trustee of the Norfolk Community Foundation, served on the Norwich Diocese Board of Finance; a board member of Norwich4jobs and on the Advisory Board of Norwich Business School.

Michael served as High Sheriff of Norfolk 2021/22.

Lady Agnew

Clare Agnew (nee Buxton) was born in Cley Mill in 1960, she was brought up at Horsey and now lives in East Somerton. She has been a volunteer for Citizens Advice for the last 15 years. She is involved with various charities including Norfolk Churches Trust, Community Chaplaincy Norfolk (mentors for prisoners as they are released, where she was a Trustee), Centre 81 (helping disabled people in Yarmouth, where she is a patron), Home Start Norfolk (mentors to help families of young children, where she is a patron) and helps produce hot dinners at Pathway in Yarmouth and parcels for the Mary Magdalen foodbank in Gorleston. She was High Sheriff of Norfolk in 2019/20. She loves gardening

Colonel James Athill

Jamie Athill was born at Ditchingham in 1956 and raised at Morston. Joining the Army in 1975, he was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets and served in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia before retiring in 2011.  He was chair of Norfolk’s Reserve Forces and Cadets Association 2011 – 2021 and is a trustee of Veterans Norfolk.  He lives near North Walsham and enjoys the sea, the countryside and books.

Sir Nicholas Bacon Bt. KCVO OBE

Lives with his family in Norfolk.
Chair of The Queen’s Green Canopy, The Royal Agricultural Society of The Commonwealth and Plant Health Alliance, together with many Norfolk voluntary involvements including Norwich Cathedral, The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Easton College, Norfolk PACT and The University of East Anglia.
Lord Warden of the Stannaries for the Duchy of Cornwall 2006-2022.
President of the RHS 2013-2020.
High Sheriff of Norfolk 2005

Paris Back

Paris Back lives in Bergh Apton and was born in Thetford.  She is on and is an active member of the PCC.  In 2021 she co-pioneered a Read Easy Norfolk group in order to teach illiterate adults to read and as well as being a trained coach, she is Management Team Leader.  Paris hosts an annual charity fund raising event in October raising on average £3,500.
As well as running a B and B and meeting venue, she enjoys tennis, cycling and walking as well as the theatre and concerts. 

Rose Barnes

Rose Barnes was born in Kenya, brought up in Dublin and arrived in Norfolk in 1983.  She worked as a GP in south Norfolk between 1987 and 2017.  Since her retirement she has acted as both a trustee and a volunteer for St Martins, a charity that works to reduce homelessness in Norfolk.  She also volunteers at the Norfolk Reading Project to support children in school with their reading skills.  She enjoys time with family and friends and walking in the Norfolk countryside.

Charlie Barratt

Chairman of Barratt & Cooke (stockbrokers) until his retirement in 2021, Charlie lives at Heydon and farms at Cawston. He has been very involved with Norfolk and Norwich Charities for the last 40 years having been Chairman of Victim Support Norfolk and The Norfolk Community Foundation. He has been a trustee of St.John’s Ambulance (Norfolk), the Benjamin Foundation, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and is now a trustee of The Priscilla Bacon Hospice. He chairs The Lady Hind, C.L.Hill, Salter, and Rackham Charitable trusts. He is The High Steward of Norwich Cathedral, Chairman of the Friends of Norwich Cathedral, and a Trustee of the Norwich Cathedral Trust. A keen sportsman and golfer he has been Captain of The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club and Chairman of Fakenham Racecourse. He has been President of The Aylsham Show, and The Norfolk Club. He was High Sheriff of Norfolk and is an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law (UEA). He has chaired the Heydon Village Meeting for 25 years.

Alex Bartram

Mrs Alex Bartram lives near Dereham and was born in Norwich in 1965.

Alex works as a psychotherapeutic counsellor at St Barnabas Counselling in Norwich alongside her private practice.  She worked for 25 years for the sail training charity, The Norfolk Boat and was a Cruse Bereavement support volunteer.

She is a Trustee of The Norfolk Boat, The Alan Boswell Group Charitable Trust and The Red Sock Charitable Trust.  She is a mental health advisor for YANA (You Are Not Alone) and a member of the organising committee of the East Anglian Maritime Awards.  She enjoys playing tennis, skiing and walking at Morston with her family.

Louis Baugh

Mr Louis Baugh lives and farms in Neatishead and was born in Yorkshire in 1955. Louis is a Nuffield Scholar and has served as a trustee of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the breed society Holstein UK.

He served until his retirement in 2020 on the Broads Authority Board.

He is Honorary Life Vice President of the Norfolk Federation of Young Farmers clubs and the Royal Norfolk Show education section Head Steward.

He enjoys walking and clay pigeon shooting.

Group Captain Stewart Blackburn MBE

Stewart served in the RAF for over 40 years and subsequently worked as a Managing Director with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Central and Eastern Europe. He is currently the Chairman of the Eastern Region Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee, Chairman of the Norwich War Memorial Trust, Chairman of Veterans Norfolk  and Chairman of Costessey and District Royal British Legion.   Since retirement, Stewart has worked exclusively in the voluntary sector.

Carol Bundock

Carol Bundock has lived in Norfolk for almost 50 years. After a long career as a journalist and presenter for BBC Look East, Carol became a Civil Funeral Celebrant. She is President of Girlguiding Norfolk, a patron of Nelson’s Journey and a vice patron of the Norfolk Community Foundation. She is a member of the Norwich Community Choir, and an enthusiastic potter. Carol is passionate about the Arts, and loves ballet in particular. She loves to read, to write and to birdwatch!  

Kathryn Buscall JP

Kathryn was for 16 years a Chair on the King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Bench. She is now on the Board of Trustees of Inspiration Trust, a multi-academy trust dedicated to increasing the life chances of pupils in Norfolk, having previously been Chair of Governors of its Cromer Academy. She graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a degree in English and has a Masters from Central School of Speech and Drama.

Robert Carter

Robert Carter is Chairman of RG Carter, a privately owned construction group which he has chaired since 1981.

Robert served for 15 years with the Prince’s Trust during which he was a Trustee and Chairman of the England Council. He retired just prior to being appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk and continued to pursue a lifetimes interest in craft skills training and supporting disadvantaged young. In 2015 he was President of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and inaugural Chairman of Food Farming and Discovery Trust. Robert Carter is Chairman of the Trustees of Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal. The new hospice is nearing completion and is built on 8 acres of land which was given to mark the centenary of his company. 

Henry Cator OBE

Mr Henry Cator lives in Salhouse on the family farm. A past chairman of the Norfolk Agricultural Association and Norfolk Community Foundation. He was made High Steward of Great Yarmouth in 2013.  He is Chairman of the Norwich Cathedral Trust, President of the Great Yarmouth Minster Preservation Trust and Trustee of The Gloucester 1682 Charitable Trust.  He was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2008.  Henry’s interests are sailing and his much-loved British White cattle.

Jane Cator

Mrs Jane Cator lives in Ranworth and runs the family farm and moorings business. She is a long term member of the PCC for St Helen’s of Ranworth which is known as The Cathedral of the broads. She is a trustee for the Ranworth Trust, which she took on from her late husband Charles and has recently become an ambassador to raise funds to build a dedicated Cambridge Children’s Hospital for the East of England. Jane’s interests are conservation, walking and grandchildren.

David Cholmondeley KCVO

David Cholmondeley lives at Houghton Hall in Norfolk with his family. He is a Former Lord Great Chamberlain of England, Patron of Friends of Norwich Museums and Trustee of the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts

Thomas Courtauld JP

Thomas Courtauld lives in North Norfolk where, as a qualified rural surveyor, he manages property and farms. He is involved in a number of organisations and charities in Norfolk, including being a member of the Norwich Diocese Glebe committee, a governor of the Second Air Division memorial library in Norwich, a magistrate on the Norwich bench, a committee member and ex chair of the East Anglian branch of the Royal Forestry Society and a church warden and PCC member in the Matlaske benefice.  He enjoys sailing on the coast and is an enthusiastic participant in various sporting activities.

Charlotte Crawley

Born in 1953 and brought up in Norwich, Charlotte has lived near Holt with her husband Henry for the last 40 years. Charlotte is a retired art curator and still works as an Art Historian giving lectures and helping to raise money for the visual arts. Charlotte is a Trustee of the East Anglia Art Fund. She was a Theatre Royal Trustee for 12 years and also chaired the Norfolk & Norwich Festival Trustees. A Parish Councillor for many years, Charlotte is also a Church Warden and involved with a variety of Norfolk charities.
In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys tennis, travelling, opera, cooking and learning Spanish.

Major General Sir William Cubitt KCVO CBE

William Cubitt served in the Army from 1977 to 2011 and has run his family’s farming business near North Walsham since then.  He has been High Sheriff of Norfolk, County Chairman of the Country Land and Business Association, County President of the Royal British Legion and Chairman of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.  He is a Church Warden of Honing and Crostwight churches and assists Independent Television (ITV) with broadcasting of royal events that have a military ceremonial angle.  His main interests are his family and home, countryside and wildlife, and military matters including veterans.   

General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC

Richard Dannatt was a soldier for forty years concluding his army career as Chief of the General Staff. He was Constable of the Tower of London from 2009 to 2016 and in 2011 entered the House of Lords as a Crossbench member. He is President of Norfolk Churches Trust, YMCA Norfolk and Veterans Norfolk, and is Chairman of the Gloucester 1682 Trust. He loves watching cricket, football and rugby and plays golf rather indifferently.

Christopher Dicker

Christopher Dicker, born 1950, lives in Hoveton. He is a Chartered Accountant specialising in charities and retired Senior Partner of Lovewell Blake. He has been involved with over 100 charities and former trusteeships include The Norfolk Community Foundation and Norfolk & Norwich Festival Trust. He is Treasurer of the Friends of Norwich Cathedral and served as Company Secretary of the East Anglian Air Ambulance for 6 years. He is a keen sailor and is President of the Norfolk Schools Sailing Association.

Anna Dugdale

Anna Dugdale lives in North Norfolk and is a full time Chairman and Non-Executive Director with G’s Group, one of Europe’s largest family owned farming and fresh produce businesses. Prior to her current role Anna was Group Chief Executive with RG Crater Group supporting the family on intergenerational transition and prior to that she was Chief Executive of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She is a founding Trustee of Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care, a Governor of Gresham’s School (Chair of the Strategy Committee ) and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UEA.

Bryony Falkus

Ms Bryony Falkus lives in Alpington and moved to Norfolk in 1990 to continue her career as a corporate lawyer. 

Bryony has also served in various voluntary roles including Chairman of City College Norwich and on the Board of an Academy Trust.  She was also a lay member of the Chapter of Norwich Cathedral for 6 years and continues to do voluntary work at the Cathedral.

She loves foreign travel and also the beaches and big skies of Norfolk.

Lady Kay Fisher

Kay Fisher lives near Thetford, & has been involved in the local Community as a District Councillor serving on Breckland Council. She has also been a Non-Executive on the Mid Anglia Community Health Trust, Chairman of the Eastern Region of Rethink & a Mental Health Act Manager for the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Mental Health Trust.

Currently she is Chairman of the Thetford Academy, Patron of the Thetford Grammar School, sits on the Board of the Eastern Multi -Academy Trust, and a Member of SENDAT , The Priory Group of Schools. She has an interest in farming and countryside matters. She also volunteers for the Citizens’ Advice.

Sara Foster

Sara Foster moved to Norfolk in 1983 and lives near Swaffham. She is on the Board of the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, a church warden and a past Chairman of The Norfolk Churches Trust. Her interests include all aspects of the visual arts and gardening.

David Goddard

Mr David Goddard lives in South Wootton, King’s Lynn. Born in 1949, he was educated in Norfolk. He is Managing Director of George Goddard Ltd and a Royal Warrant Holder.
David is Vice Chairman of Castle Rising Parish Council with particular interest in working with local Parish Councils to improve the planning process aiming to make sure new development is both better quality and sustainable.

David undertakes considerable fundraising and support for a number of local charities. He enjoys outdoor pursuits including golf and walking.

Ines Grote

Ines Graefin Grote was born in 1958 and came to Norfolk in 1987. As a qualified teacher with now 3 grown-up children and following 12 years of teaching at Norwich School, she trained as a Dyslexia Specialist and is helping children and adults with learning difficulties. She also supports ‘Neurodiverse People in the Workplace’ as professional coach.

Her husband’s farming business provided her with the opportunity to set up a cottage holiday business. For a number of years, she has been involved with the local PCC, as well as helping children at the local school as volunteer. She has served as a governor of 4 Great Yarmouth’s Primary Schools and has been representing the Great Yarmouth and Waveney community as public governor of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital since 2008. Ines lives near Winterton-on Sea and enjoys a brisk walk on the beach, nature and meeting new people.

Michael Harrowven JP

Michael takes a great interest in the education, housing and the social wellbeing of all in our communities. Born and educated in Norfolk, Michael has always played a very active role including Chairing the Institute of Directors, Norfolk Scouts, a number of Parish Councils and as a Governor of the Norwich City College.

Following a career within Banking and Investment Management Michael decided to focus his efforts on his passion for the Charitable/Voluntary sectors. Michael now spends much of his time with his family, grandchildren, serving on a number of boards as a Non Executive Director/Trustee, working with local communities and taking an active role as a JP in the delivery of Magistracy across Norfolk. Michael is always seeking to offer his knowledge and experience in encouraging individuals and organisations to not only continue their vital support into our communities, but to further it for the good of Norfolk as whole.

Jake Humphrey

An experienced and knowledgeable Television and Radio broadcaster, Jake Humphrey is currently the face of Champions League Football on BT Sport, having been at the forefront of much of BBC Sport’s coverage for many national and international events. He is also one of the Co-Founders of award-winning production company Whisper and Co-Host of the hugely successful High Performance Podcast. His book – High Performance, Lessons from the Best on Becoming Your Best, published in December 2021, is a Sunday Times bestseller.

Off screen, Jake is passionate about contributing to the community through charity work. He is Chairman of Norwich Community Sports Foundation and President of Young Lives vs Cancer.

The Reverend Matthew Hutton 

Matthew Hutton was born in Norwich in 1953 and was brought up on the family farm at Langley which he manages with his wife Annie and son David. He is a retired solicitor and spent his professional life advising, writing books and lecturing on taxation and trusts. He was ordained in 2014 as a self-supporting minister in the Church of England. Matthew is very keen to see prison leavers make the most of their new lives and from 2019 to 2022 was the chair of trustees of Community Chaplaincy Norfolk. Having published in 2022 Your Last Gift – Getting Your Affairs in Order, he has a particular interest in supporting people in later life.

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones is a plant scientist who is passionate about wise deployment of modern genetic methods to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture. Born in London and with degrees from Cambridge, he returned to the UK in 1988 after 8 years in the US to lead a research group at the Sainsbury Laboratory on the Norwich Research Park. He is a leading researcher on how plants resist disease and has developed potato varieties that resist the late blight pathogen which caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s. When not working or grandparenting, he can be found ineptly racing Laser sailing dinghies on Oulton Broad.

Caroline Jarrold

Caroline Jarrold lives in Mundham and was born in Norwich. She has worked for Jarrold & Sons Ltd for over 35 years and is currently Community Affairs Adviser and a Non-Executive Director of the company. She is Secretary to and a Trustee of The John Jarrold Trust. She chairs the Norwich & District Funders’ Forum, Norwich Philharmonic Society and Cox’s Boatyard at Barton Turf. She is also a Non-Executive Director of The Forum Trust and a trustee of several other charities. Caroline is currently The Sheriff of Norwich (May 2021 – May 2023)

In her spare time she especially enjoys sailing on the Norfolk Broads and singing in Norwich Philharmonic Society.

Sir Norman Lamb

Norman was Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk from 2001-2019 and served as a Health Minister in the Coalition Government from 2012-2015. In 2019, Norman became Chair of the Advisory Board of Kooth, the longest established digital mental health provider in the UK, and received a knighthood for his mental health campaigning. Since leaving Parliament, Norman has established a Norfolk mental health and wellbeing fund and become Chair of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Lonsdale TD

Ian Lonsdale was born in Norwich in 1957 and lives in Harling.  He served in both the Regular and Reserve Army between 1978 and 2018 and worked for Brown & Co, Chartered Surveyors and Property Professionals, based in Norwich; retiring in 2022.

Amongst his voluntary roles Ian is a Chairman of The Valuation Tribunal for England; a Trustee of Norfolk Churches Trust, Hungate Medieval Art, Norwich and Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum. He was awarded the TD in 2005.  Primary interests include Equestrian sports; Shooting; Fishing; Orienteering; Nordic Skiing; Sporting Art and Church architecture and artefacts.

Adel MacNicol

Adel came to Norfolk in 1974 marrying Ian MacNicol of Stody Estate. She developed the gardens and then following Ian‘s death she ran the Estate and its businesses from 2006 to 2014 and remains Chairman. She served as President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 2009.
Adel is Chairman of Premier Livestock Auctioneers, a Director of Arnisdale Estate, Chairman of West Norfolk Sporting Trust Ltd and past Chairman of the Newmarket Countryside Raceday raising considerable funds for East Anglian Air Ambulance, Marie Curie and EACH.
With a keen interest in education and young people Adel became a Governor, and then Chairman of Runton and Sutherland School and served as a Governor of Greshams School for 18 years. She was Chairman of the North Norfolk Save the Children for many years, and still serves on numerous other charitable and local organisations, including the Holt Youth Project of which she is a Patron.

David McLeavy Hill

David was born in Norwich and grew up in Norfolk. He trained as a Solicitor and worked at a law firm in the City of London before joining an investment bank and then establishing his own banking business. David and his family returned to Norfolk in 1995 and he has been Executive Chairman of Jarrold & Sons Ltd since 2002.

David is an independent member on the UEA Estates Committee, a Trustee of the John Innes Foundation, a Governor of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library and an Honorary Squadron Commander at RAF Mildenhall. David has held various other roles in Norfolk including Deputy Chair of the UEA Council, Chair of Norwich HEART, Chair of the Norwich Playhouse Theatre and Trustee of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Nicholas MBE

Mark was born in Norwich in 1976. He studied at UEA and King’s College London. Until 2016 Mark served in the British Army. 

Mark is currently Managing Director of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association which promotes and supports food production, farming and the countryside in Norfolk. He is a trustee of the Food & Farming Discovery Trust, Royal Norfolk Regiment Association and Museum and, until 2023, he was Chairman of the Board of Governors Langley School. Mark and his family live in Holt.

Julia Nix OBE

Julia Nix was born in Kings Lynn and has always lived in and around the West Norfolk area. Julia has worked for the Department for Work and Pensions for 40 years and has been District Manager for East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire) Jobcentre Plus since 2012. She has always been passionate about social justice and developed many external partnerships including being a member of HMPs Norwich and Wayland Employment Advisory Boards, the Community Chaplaincy Norfolk Advisory Forum, a Prince’s Trust Ambassador and a trustee for New U Enterprises Ltd. Julia was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2017 for services to tackling youth unemployment in East Anglia and awarded a UEA honorary doctorate in 2019.

Patrick Peal MBE

Mr Patrick Peal lives in Southrepps and was born in Norwich in 1954. Patrick retired in 2021 as Chief Executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance which he co-founded. He is Chairman of Healthwatch Norfolk, which provides an independent voice for patient groups in Norfolk. He is also a Trustee of ZSEA which owns Banham Zoological Gardens and Africa Alive. He was awarded the MBE in June 2022. He enjoys outdoor pursuits in Norfolk.

Nicholas Pratt

Born in 1958, Nick farms in Southwest Norfolk. He was High Sheriff of Norfolk 2015/16 and was a
trustee of the Norfolk Community Foundation 2016-2022. Nick was a past Chairman of the Norfolk Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust
He is a trustee of Kings Lynn Minster and a committee member on the Ely Diocesan Board of Finance for Asset Management
Nick is also Chairman of the Stoke Ferry Internal Drainage Board and Vice Chairman of Southery Group of Internal Drainage Boards.

Marian Prinsley

Marian was born in South Africa and brought up in Swaziland until the age 14, after which she attended school in the UK.  She trained as an Educational Psychologist in 1983 and has worked in this capacity since. On moving to Norfolk in 1996, she became an active member of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation, serving as President between 2015 and 2018. She is passionate about interfaith activities and works hard to further the cause of religious tolerance.  Marian was elected Sheriff of Norwich in 2019, and was honoured to serve two years, 2019 to 2021.

Melinda Raker

Melinda Raker is involved with her family farming business in South Norfolk.   She has held formal roles with National and Regional Charities for over 30 years with special interests in education, conservation, health and palliative care.  Melinda is Patron of the East Anglian rural mental health charity, YANA (You Are Not Alone) which she set up in 2008.

Georgie Roberts

For the last 30 years Georgie Roberts has managed the woodland and properties of the Cockley Cley estate. She was Chairman of the Norfolk branch of the CLA in 2007 and on the CLA’s national policy committee. She is also a committee member of the International Dendrology Society.

She volunteered at Trinity House hospice in London and Georgie is now the Deputy Coordinator at the Swaffham and Litcham home hospice where she has volunteered since 2002.She was High Sheriff of Norfolk in 2020-21 and is now a Trustee at Open Road in Kings Lynn.

Cici Romney

Cici Romney is a partner in the family farming business, since coming to live in West Norfolk in 1975. Associated with numerous local organisations and charities, she has been a Trustee of Westacre Theatre and Director of Fine Art Commissions. She is a volunteer bereavement councillor at Tapping House Hospice. Vice Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk from 2012 to 2020 

Mary Rudd

Mary Rudd lives in Shipdham, was born in Norfolk in 1956 and grew up in a farming family.Mary worked in public relations  and  later ran her own business for over 20 years with clients across the country.

She was a Lay Canon on the Dean and Chapter for seven years and a trustee for a number of different charities including the Community Foundation and the Assembly House. She enjoys gardening, growing many of their own vegetables.

Nigel Savory

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant who specialised in agriculture and rural business. He lives near Fakenham.
He is now retired from professional practice and helps a number of local businesses and charities. He is a trustee of The East Anglian Air Ambulance, The R C Snelling Charitable Trust, The Norfolk Rivers Trust,  Whitlingham Country Park, and Music in Country Churches. He is a Director of Fakenham Racecourse and is currently Vice President of The Aylsham Show. Previously he was High Sheriff of Norfolk in 2006/7 Chairman of The A F Group from 2016-2022.

Ben Stocks

Ben lives in Ringstead and has been Chief Executive Officer of Porvair plc, an international manufacturing company with headquarters in Kings Lynn, since 1997. He is also Senior Independent Director of the Aerospace Technology Institute. He has degrees from St Andrew’s University and INSEAD. He has been a school governor, and Trustee of a number of charities including Friends of St Andrews Ringstead. Keen on sport, Ben has been Captain of the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club and Commodore of the Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club. His spare time is devoted to trying to stay ahead of his garden.

Philippa Taylor

Mrs Philippa Taylor is a partner in a Norfolk farming business, she previously served as president for the Harleston Magpies Hockey Club, and is still actively involved in the week to week running of the club. She is the local president of St John Ambulance. Philippa has a successful flower arranging business and in her spare time she is very keen gardener and fisherwomen.

Clare Whelan OBE

Clare lives near Dereham. Her voluntary roles include The Gloucester 1682 Trust, Norfolk Citizens Advice and the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. Before returning to her native Norfolk she was for many years an elected councillor in London and served on the national cross-party Local Government Association. She was Chair of the London Mayors Association was appointed an OBE for services to local government in 2013. Her ‘day jobs’ were in publishing and then at Westminster with politicians and the policy world. In her spare time Clare enjoys organising concerts locally, learning to fly and to play the saxophone.

Dr. Andy Wood OBE

Andy Wood is Chief Executive of Adnams plc having joined the firm in 2004. He is also Chair of Norse Group, Non-Executive Chair of SGWM, and a Non-Executive Director of Roys (Wroxham) ltd. 

In 2010 Andy founded and was Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013 and between 2014 to 2016 was HRH The Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Responsible Business in the East of England. He has a DBA from Cranfield University and Honorary doctorates; in Business from Anglia Ruskin University, in Science from Cranfield University and Civil Law from the University of East Anglia. Andy is a member of the Council at the University of East Anglia, Governor of Norwich School, a Board Member to the VisitEngland Advisory Board and is Chairman of Visit East of England. 

Han Yang Yap

Han Yang Yap qualified and worked as a solicitor in Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK.  Before moving to Norfolk, he was the General Counsel of Reuters based in Hong Kong.  After a career in law, he obtained a Masters degree in Art History and worked briefly in School of Oriental and African Studies as a tutor in Chinese Art.  Until 2021, he sat on the Board of Trustees of the Theatre Royal Norwich with a particular focus on development work.  He is currently a Patron of Norfolk and Waveney Mind.