Our People

Lord-Lieutenants are required to appoint Deputy Lieutenants within an establishment that varies according to the population of a county. They are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant, subject only to His Majesty not disapproving the Commission. The letters ‘DL’ appear after their names. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant from among the Deputies.

Deputy Lieutenants

December 7, 2021
Mrs Fiona Peel OBE DL

Fiona originally qualified as a State Registered nurse. She has held a number of positions relating to her medical and academic interests General Medical Council and Cardiff University. In her retirement she is a tour guide for Wales.

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December 7, 2021
Mr Ross Murray DL

Formerly a soldier, Ross Murray is a Chartered Surveyor, and a former President of the Country Land and Business Association. He is currently Chairman of Knight Frank Rural Asset Management and has recently been appointed a Forestry Commissioner.

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December 7, 2021
Mrs Laura Kelway-Bamber DL

Laura originally trained as a teacher – a skill that has been invaluable in her service as governor of two schools.  She and her husband now run a furniture-making business near Chepstow.

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December 7, 2021
Mr Benjamin Herbert DL

Ben is a Chartered Surveyor and Co.Director. He manages the Llanarth and Llanover ( Newport ) Estates. He was on the Welsh Advisory Board of The National Trust and is currently President of The Royal Forestry Society. Ben lists his interest as all things rural.

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December 7, 2021
Dr Jack Hanbury-Tenison DL

Jack is the Manager of the Pontypool Park Estate. He was High Sheriff in 2001 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2003

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December 7, 2021
Mrs Elizabeth Broome DL

Liz is Managing Director of the family business, The David Broome Event Centre. Her role, along with her husband David and two sons, is the development and the day to day management of the Showground.

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December 7, 2021
Mr Anthony Clay DL

Anthony was brought up in Monmouthshire, moved away for a period in the Army, and worked in property for Knight Frank LLP based in the Marches. He now runs a small property search business. He was High Sheriff in 2016 and is a Community Councillor for St Arvans.

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December 7, 2021
Dame Claire Clancy DCB DL

Dame Claire Clancy DCB is the Vice Lord Lieutenant. Claire has spent her career in public service culminating as Chief Executive and Clerk to the National Assembly for Wales from 2007 to 2017. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) in recognition of her public service in Wales.

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December 7, 2021
Mrs Priscilla Davies CBE DL

Cilla is a former Chair of The Prince’s Trust Cymru Advisory Council, Chair of the Gwent Police Authority,  and Justice of the Peace.  She was made OBE in 2005 and CBE in 2015, both for voluntary service to the community.  She enjoys helping her village church and sits on the PCC.

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December 7, 2021
Professor Simon Gibson CBE DL

Simon is Chairman of the Alacrity Graduate Entrepreneurship Foundation and Chief Executive of Wesley Clover Corporation. Before joining Wesley Clover, he was co-founder, President and CEO of Ubiquity Software Corporation. Simon was High Sheriff of Gwent 2023-2024.

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December 7, 2021
Mrs Susan Gwyer-Roberts DL

Susan is the Chair of trustees at LATCH. She undertakes various voluntary roles, including membership of Gwent Police IAG and Monmouth Diocesan Trust. Susan has spent over twenty years of her professional life in the secondary education in Gwent.

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December 7, 2021
Brigadier Russ Wardle OBE DL

Russ is a former member of the Royal Regiment of Wales. He is Chairman of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association for Wales, Honorary Colonel of the  3rd Bn The Royal Welsh, and Honorary Colonel Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force.

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December 7, 2021
Mrs Agnes Xavier-Phillips JP DL

Agnes is a successful solicitor and former General Counsel of GE Capital London, with a portfolio including Cardiff University, Welsh Water, CBC and FFIN Dance. She is Justice of the Peace, Freeman of the City of London and Senior Warden Elect of the Welsh Livery. Agnes is a qualified Nurse, Midwife and Nursing Officer.

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December 7, 2021
Judge Helen Mifflin DL

Being from Blaina from many generations of mining families, she was the only person in her family to go onto tertiary education and obtained a law degree from Leicester University. She is presently the resident family judge for Gwent. She has a keen interest in children’s rights and equal opportunity for all structures of society. Helen is High Sheriff of Gwent 2024-2025.

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April 13, 2022
Mr Richard Selby MBE DL

Richard is the Director and Co-founder of Pro Steel Engineering in Pontypool, Chair and co-founder of Torfaen Strategic Economic Forum, National Chair of the Institute of Directors Wales, Chair of The Prince’s Trust Cymru Development Committee and Chair of Business Beats Cancer Cymru.

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May 19, 2022
Mr Guy Lacey DL

Following experience in a variety of education delivery establishments, Guy joined Colleg Gwent 20 years ago, and became its Principal in 2015.  He is committed to extending the benefits of Further Education to the greatest number of young people and adults in Gwent, and became a DL in 2021.

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May 19, 2022
Mrs Judith Paget CBE DL

Judith has spent her whole career with NHS Wales. A former CEO of the Aneurin Bevan UHB for which she was made CBE, she is now Chief Executive of NHS Wales. Judith lives in Cwmbran and was appointed DL in 2021.

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May 19, 2022
Mrs Shereen Williams MBE OStJ JP DL

Shereen is the CEO of the Local Democracy & Boundary Commission for Wales (LDBCW), Secretary to the Boundary Commission for Wales (BCW). and previously worked in local government across Newport and Monmouthshire as the Connected Communities Manager and as the Regional Community Cohesion Co-ordinator for East Gwent.

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May 19, 2022
Mrs Elizabeth Watkins DL

My name is Elisabeth Watkins, and my professional name was Elisabeth Arfon-Jones. I am a retired Judge, having presided over the Immigration and Asylum Jurisdiction in the UK. Additionally, I was a Civil Service Commissioner and Public Appointments Assessor and chaired Barnardo’s Welsh Committee as well as the National Lottery Charities Board’s Welsh Committee.

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May 19, 2022
Mr Richard Bevan DL

Richard worked for the NHS for over 35 years, retiring as Board Secretary of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2020.  He continues to be active in a range of third sector and community organisations, with a particular commitment to supporting the future of young people in Blaenau Gwent and the interests of unpaid carers across South Wales.

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September 6, 2023
Kate Beavan DL

Kate is a farmer, cider maker, senior fellow, founder of Kate’s Country School and the Woodland Creation Officer for Stump Up For Trees. She was awarded an MBE for services to agriculture and is an Associate (ARAgS) with the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies (CARAS).

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September 7, 2023
Paul Griffiths OBE KStJ DL

Paul Griffiths OBE KStJ DL – a Senior Police Officer who has served for over 7 years in national roles, including President, in the Police Superintendents’ Association . He is also Prior for the Priory of Wales and Chair of the Board for St John Ambulance Cymru.

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September 7, 2023
Phillip Alderman DL

Phillip Alderman retired from the NHS at the end of 2020 after more than 38 years’ service, the last 27 years spent serving the people of Gwent as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Gwent Hospital. He continued in private practice until the end of June 2023. He was High Sheriff of Gwent in 2021-2022 and was formerly Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to Newport RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons

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September 7, 2023
Karl Gilmore DL

Karl Gilmore joined Transport for Wales in April 2018 as Rail Infrastructure Director, responsible for delivering the South Wales Metro programme and other infrastructure projects across Wales. An advocate for all things positive, ranging from Executive Champion for ED&I, Armed Forces Champion, STEM Ambassador and sponsor of the Building Futures Pathways programme.

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October 25, 2023
Dame Jenny Harries DBE DL

Jenny is Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency and previously Director of Public Health for Monmouthshire and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. She is a qualified Doctor and a visiting Professor of Public Health. Her career has been spent in health, social care and local government services throughout the UK and internationally, including with the World Health Organisation.

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January 5, 2024
Mr. Simon Weston CBE DL

In 1982, the Sir Galahad tragedy left Welsh Guardsman Simon Weston with 46% burns, sparking a journey of resilience. Awarded an OBE in 1992 and CBE in 2016, Simon’s tireless charity work, including founding Care after Combat, earned recognition. Now a successful businessman, Simon’s remarkable life reflects courage, resilience, and impactful contributions to charity and society.

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Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant may appoint whichever person of standing and integrity he wishes to be clerk of the Lieutenancy.
In many areas the role is normally filled by the Chief Executive of the County Council if they are willing to undertake the duties. Much day to day work may in practice be delegated to another employee of the Local Authority.

The Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant for Gwent is Paul Matthews, Chief Executive, Monmouthshire County Council
Paul Matthews, CEO Monmouthshire Council & Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant

Paul Matthews

Clerk to the Lord Lieutenant
Paul is Chief Executive at Monmouthshire County Council, Visiting Professor at Cardiff University, and Governor at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

He is also Innovation and Business Engagement lead for the Cardiff Capital Region, SOLACE Wales lead for Economy and Digital, Board Member of SRS (Wales), Member of Wales Government Brexit Advisory Panel, Member of Wales Government Digital Advisory Panel, Chair of the Monmouthshire Public Service Board and Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenancy of Gwent.

Lieutenants Cadets

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet is selected by Cadet Group leaders and the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales for their outstanding service and contributions to their respective unit and organisation.
The role includes attendance with the Lord-Lieutenant, at a number of official engagements, including remembrance events, Royal visits and parades.

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets are appointed on an annual basis and include representatives from Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps.
The Lord-Lieutenants cadets for 2023/24
Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Ciara Bannon
Cadet Company Sergeant Major Deiniol Hughes
Cadet Company Sergeant Major Thomas Morgan
Cadet Sergeant Alexander Lee
Cadet Sergeant Sophy Cadman

Past Cadets 2022/23
Staff Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Eshan Iqbal
Cadet Sergeant Major Olivia Armstrong
Cadet Corporal Macsen Purser
Able Cadet Alex Jones
Cadet Warrant Officer Deighton Davies

Past Cadets 2021/22
Able Cadet Kaitlyn Summerhayes
Staff Cadet Company Sergeant Major Jake Thomas
Cadet Sergeant Hamish Nicholl
Cadet Warrant Officer Iestyn Jones
Cadet Flight Sergeant William Cocking
Cadet Sergeant Hayley Gabica

Past Cadets 2020/21
Cadet Sgt Connor Porter
Cadet Staff Sgt Daniel Williams
Cadet Sgt Jack Wilson
Able Cadet Alex Husselbee

Past Cadets 2019/20
Cadet Flight Sgt Ethan Mallet
Cadet Company Sgt Major Joe Waters
Able Cadet Luke Lewis
Cadet Warrant Officer Sophie Rodway
Cadet Colour Sgt Toby Pearl

Past Cadets 2018/19
Jack Green
Cadet Flight Sgt Josephine Hurry
Rhys Lewis

Past Cadets 2017/ 18
Staff Sgt Jack Kavanagh
Cadet Sgt Taran Fitzgerald
Cadet Flight Sgt Sarah Rose
Cadet Flight Sgt Rhiannon James

Past Cadets 2016/17
Charlie Edmunds
Jack Felvus
Arran Rigby
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