23rd June 2017
The next Lord-Lieutenant of Essex has been appointed by the Queen.
Jennifer Tolhurst, a current Deputy Lieutenant, will take over from Lord Petre, who will stand down on August 4 after turning 75 - the obligatory retirement age for the sovereign’s representatives.
Mrs Tolhurst lives in Danbury and is a former High Sheriff of Essex. She is also a Vice-President of Essex Community Foundation and is an assessor for the Queen’s Awards for Volunteers.
The Lord-Lieutenant is the British monarch's personal representative in the county. Lord Petre, 18th Baron of the Petre family, whose ancestral family home is at Ingatestone Hall, has been the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex for the last fifteen years.
Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive, said, "We were delighted to hear that Jenny has been appointed to this exciting position and we look forward to working with her in this new capacity".