Edward Gillespie OBE
Edward Gillespie OBE was born in Guildford, Surrey. He was educated at Tonbridge School in Kent and was awarded a degree in Politics at the University of York. His chosen career was in Racecourse Management starting at Kempton Park and Sandown Park before his appointment to Cheltenham and Warwick when he was 27 in 1980. He remained Managing Director at Cheltenham for 32 years until retiring in 2012. During that period he was also Managing Director at Epsom through the transitional period that saw the Derby move to a Saturday. For the majority of his time at Cheltenham, the Chairman was Lord Vestey with whom he established an outstanding successful partnership.
Initially living in Bishops Cleeve, Edward and his wife Alyson moved to Gotherington in 1985. Their three children were all educated locally. Edward was actively involved in amateur theatre with the Bishops Cleeve Players before joining the Board of the Everyman, which he chaired for ten years. He is now active in local community choirs and still plays cricket for Gotherington and the Gloucestershire Gipsies. He is a keen supporter of Cheltenham Town FC, Gloucester Rugby and Gloucestershire CCC.
Edward has been Chairman of Gloucester Cathedral Council 2006-2012, Chairman of Gloucestershire Tourism 2006-2013, Board Member of Gloucestershire First LEP 2011-2013 and a member of Hartpury College Search and Governance Committee.
He is currently Chairman of Summerfield Charitable Trust, Trustee of Cheltenham Festivals and Chairman of the Music Festival, Corporate Member of Cheltenham Ladies College, Member of the Equine Advisory Council at the Royal Agricultural University and President of Cheltenham Arts Council. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire and Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Cheltenham.
Edward was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Cheltenham Rotary in 2007 and the Order of the British Empire for services to horseracing in Cheltenham in 2016.
Jane Jenner-Fust DL (Vice Lord-Lieutenant)
- Jane was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire 2001 -2002.
- Country Land and Business Association: committee member 1991 – 2015, committee chairman 2009-2011 and South West Regional Committee Chairman 2012 – 2015.
- Member of the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust and on the Grants Committee.
- Member of Hill PCC and Wotton Deanery Synod. Honorary Lay Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. Interests include the arts, riding and sustainable rural life
Margaret Austen DL
Margaret is a solicitor specialising in charity law. She was until 2016 managing partner of Willans LLP. She is Trustee of the Friends of the Cathedral; Honorary Company Secretary to Cheltenham Festivals; and Honorary Solicitor to the Holst Museum. She has been a trustee of the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Development Trust and other local charities.
Dr Sally Byng OBE DL
Originally a speech and language therapist, Sally Byng is Chief Executive of the Barnwood Trust, a charitable foundation which aims to create the potential in Gloucestershire for disabled people and people with mental health problems to make the most of their lives.
Gillian Camm DL
Gillian has had a varied career, initially in business where she was a Partner in Hay Management Consultants and then a Director of Clerical Medical Investment Group. She is currently a non-executive director of Wessex Water.
Oliver Christie DL
Oli Christie founded Neon Play, a mobile games studio in 2010. The company employs 30 people in Cirencester and has won a number of awards, including the Queen’s Awards for Innovation in 2013. He is also the founder of Rock the Cotswolds, a not-for-profit social enterprise that champions a different side to the Cotswolds, to help attract staff, businesses and visitors to the area.
Roger Deeks DL
Roger Deeks lives in the Forest of Dean where he has a smallholding. Roger had a long career in health care and higher education. He is involved with a number of charitable organisations committed to improving literacy and educational opportunity. He has a Phd in modern history and is involved in a number of national and local heritage projects.
Guy Disney MBE DL
Guy Disney was awarded an MBE in 2020 for services to horse racing, polar expeditions and veteran’s charities. After having a leg amputated below the knee following an ambush in Afghanistan, where he was serving as a Captain in the Light Dragoons, Guy became the first person to be given a jockeys’ licence to ride with a prosthetic leg, winning three steeplechases at Sandown Park. He trekked to both the North and South Pole with Prince Harry’s Walking With The Wounded. He splits his time between Gloucestershire and conservation NGO’s in Africa. At 39, Guy Disney, is the first, hopefully of several, to be appointed on a short commission of an initial 10 years.
Caroline Duckworth DL
Caroline was manager of Common Purpose and is a Governor of Wycliffe School. Until 2015 she was Chief Executive of the Community Foundation (Quartet) for South Gloucestershire, Bristol & Somerset. She is now the secretary of the Merchant Venturers in Bristol and lives in Gloucestershire.
Ruth FitzJohn DL
Ruth is the Chair of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust which works across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. She is President of Midcounties Co-operative and Trustee of Catholic Diocese of Clifton.
Vivienne Hargreaves DL
Former editor Vivienne Hargreaves is also being acknowledged for her work in the county. Vivienne has held a range of journalistic roles in the county including Editor-in-Chief of County Publications, (including Gloucestershire the County Magazine), Deputy Chief Sub Editor and Features Editor at the Gloucester Citizen and Editor of The Forester Newspaper from 2000-2013. Her love of music is reflected in her roles as Chair of the Gloucestershire Academy of Music, Vice Chair of the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra, Chair of the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra and Chair of the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year.
Roger Head OBE DL
Born 1951 married to Jennifer with a daughter Jasmin. A business man, primarily in commercial property and telecommunication. Roger is a Board member for the Three Counties Agricultural Society, Chair of Gloucestershire Community Foundation and Pied Piper. He is a Rotarian and 41 club member. Roger was High Sheriff 2015/2016.
Susie Hewson DL
Susie Hewson is a Director of Bristol based Bodywise (UK) Ltd and founder of Natracare, the organic and natural, plastic-free, feminine hygiene brand. She is an active environmental campaigner and advocate for responsible design and ‘cradle to grave’ design principles. She is a recipient of the Women in Ethical Business Award and the inaugural Oak Award for Lifetime Contribution to the UK’s Organic Industry. Bodywise (UK) received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2019.
Dr Diane Hill OBE DL
Diane is currently Chair of GFirst LEP and also represents Gloucestershire as part of the Retail policy forum for Government. In 2013, Diane was awarded an OBE in recognition of her work with GFirst LEP and her contribution to business. With a passion for fashion Diane enjoyed many years as Chief Operating Officer of SuperGroup, transforming the company into a nationwide fashion retailer.
Colonel Andy Hodson TD BA (Oxon) DL
Andy is a retired solicitor and financial consultant. A former reservist for 28 years, including command of Bristol University OTC; TA Colonel, 43 (Wessex) Brigade; President TA Commissions Board. He was until recently Vice- Chairman for Gloucestershire, Wessex RFCA and President, Dursley & Cam RBL. Andy is also a Church Warden.
Mark Hurrell DL
Mark Hurrell has lived in Gloucestershire for 30 years and was the editor of BBC Radio Gloucesterhsire from 2002 to 2016. His career in the media has been long and varied. He is a governor at the King’s School, Gloucester and was involved in the setting up of the Pied Piper appeal. In his spare time Mark is a keen amateur singer and a supporter of Gloucester rugby.
Eve Jardine-Young DL
Eve Jardine-Young has worked in education for over 20 years. She is the current Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, a position she has held since 2011, returning to the school where she studied after gaining a scholarship at 16. She has forged links between Cheltenham Ladies’ College and local charities such as the Cheltenham Festivals, and is a governor of the Barnwood Trust.
Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely KCB MC DL
John Kiszely served in the Army for 40 years, his latter appointments including that of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff. Since leaving the Army he has been involved with a number of charities, both national and local, and now writes military history. He lives in North Gloucestershire.
Clive Lewis OBE DL
Clive is a Business Psychologist and author specialising in employment and industrial relations. He is one of the UK’s most influential workplace mediators. His Book on ‘Difficult Conversations’ was featured in The Sunday Times. He is also founder of Bridge Builders Mentoring providing schools with mentoring for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Manny Masih MSc CertEd JP DL
Manny came to Swindon from India in 1967, when he was 10 and moved to Gloucestershire in 1979. He has been a programmer, lecturer, IT Consultant, pub landlord, restaurateur and homework tutor. In 1995 Manny got married, became a magistrate and a BBC presenter and left the Air Training Corps as a Flight Lieutenant.
Dr Shanta Nair DL
Dr Shanta Nair is a GP partner at Bartongate Surgery, an inner city practice in Gloucester. Her ethos as a family physician is to form a bond with patients in the context of their family units and as individuals, listening to them and giving them confidence to discuss their problems. This helps her to earn their trust and to understand them as people. She is also the Chief Executive of The Hindu Cultural Association, Gloucester where the main aim is to promote cohesion and understanding in the community. Shanta is passionate about support for carers.
Caroline Penley DL
Caroline has served as a Mental Health Act Manager, a fund raiser and trustee of various Gloucestershire charities. Her interests include gardens, wild life, supporting local charities, communities and mental wellbeing in its broadest sense.
Rob Rees MBE DL
Rob Rees MBE is Chef, Social Entrepreneur and founder of The Wiggly Worm Charity, an organisation that transforms lives through the power of food. In addition he has been a former Non Exec with Gloucestershire Primary Care NHS Trust and Clinical Commissioning Group; Chairman Children’s Food Trust; Director of Visit England and Director of the Food Standards Agency.
Shazia Riaz DL
Shazia has many years of local government experience, especially in equalities and community development. She has served in public sector organisations as an independent board member including Avon & Somerset Police Authority, Avon & Somerset Probation Trust and on Primary Care Trust and social services boards. Shazia is involved in black and other minority ethnic community groups and organizations
Henry Robinson BA (Oxon) DL
Henry Robinson is a farmer with a long standing interest in conservation and the environment. He has chaired the Gloucestershire Rural Issues Task Force and been national President of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA). He chairs Bagendon Parish Council, is a governor at Rendcomb College and has been a Commissioner for the Inland Revenue.
Sybil Ruscoe DL
Sybil Ruscoe is a journalist and broadcaster. Sybil was the first woman to present cricket on British terrestrial TV with C4 Cricket, was a launch presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live and a co-presenter on Simon Mayo’s Breakfast Show on Radio 1. More recently she’s presented Farming Today on BBC Radio 4. Sybil is one of six new non-executive directors of Gloucestershire Cricket Board who will play a key role in developing the recreational game in the county. She’s passionate about golf, cricket, her allotment and the countryside.
Dee Russell-Thomas DL
Dee Russell-Thomas was Head of the Race Equality and Diversity Service for Gloucestershire until its closure and was responsible for the teams that worked across the county. They supported the needs of the Black Community, Travellers, Circus children and those seeking asylum and refuge. She became the first white person to be appointed a Director of the Gloucestershire African-Caribbean Association. In 2019, she has been a UK Global Goodwill Ambassador, becoming the UK Director in 2020.
Lavinia Sidgwick DL
Lavinia Sidgwick has been the Administrator of Summerfield Charitable Trust for 30 years, having helped set up the Trust that has distributed over £20m to good causes in Gloucestershire. During much of that time, she was also a consultant to The Trust Partnership. She has acted as a coach for cancer sufferers, co-founded the Carey Dickinson Fund for Breast cancer Campaign and as a Trustee of Hosking Houses Trust, a charity providing houses and income for arts fellowships.
Phil Vickery MBE DL
Phil Vickery is well known for captaining Gloucester and England in Rugby. Subsequently he won Celebrity Master Chef and now spends his time running his sports business, involved in activities and promoting the Piped Piper and Wooden Spoon charities.
Air Marshal Sir David Walker KCVO OBE DL
Air Marshal Sir David Walker’s last RAF appointment was as Air Officer Commanding the Training Group, responsible for flying and aeronautical engineering training for all 3 Armed Services. From 2005 to 2013 he was Master of the Royal Household. Since then he has been advising global companies on cultural change.
The Earl of Wemyss and March DL
Lord Wemys was educated at Oxford and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He was Page of Honour to HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother 1962-64. Member, The Royal Company of Archers (Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland) since 1978. Publication: (1981)
The Singapore Naval base & the Defence of Britain’s Eastern Empire 1919-41.
Resident Stanway House, Cheltenham since 1976.
Professor Steve West CBE DL
Professor Steve West CBE, DL is Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO of the University of the West of England, Bristol. He is Non-Executive Director for the Office for Students and Chair of the UUK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group.
He is Chair of the West of England LEP, Chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network and Non-Executive Director for the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor West was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017, for services to Higher Education.
The Rev’d Canon Paul Williams DL
The Rev’d Canon Paul Williams has been Vicar of Tewkesbury since 2003. During his time in Gloucestershire, he has been Area Dean of Tewkesbury and Winchcombe and has served on the Cathedral Council. The iconic photograph of Tewkesbury Abbey as an island surrounded by flood-waters in 2007 gave Paul a national profile as a community leader. The Queen recently recognised Paul’s work with St John Ambulance in the county, nationally and internationally by his appointment as a Commander of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem.
Emma Willis MBE DL
Emma Willis founded and runs an eponymous clothing brand with a shop in Jermyn Street, London and manufacturing business in Gloucester where skilled local cutters and seamstresses produce over 10,000 garments a year from Bearland House, exporting all over the world. The company was Awarded an Exemplar Employer Certificate by GEM for their employment of refugees and Emma was awarded an MBE for Services to Entrepreneurship. In 2019 she was presented with a Points of Light Award from Prime Minister Teresa May for her service supporting the rehabilitation of veterans and service personnel. Emma founded Style for Soldiers in 2008 in response to the many casualties returning from Afghanistan, visiting the military rehabilitation hospital for 10 years, providing complimentary clothing. The charity now hosts the largest annual reunion for injured service personnel and their families. Emma is an Honourary Fellow of the University of Gloucstershire.
The Wider Lieutenancy including Retired DLs
Colonel Mike E Bennett OBE DL
Mike spent the majority of his career in manufacturing industry, traveling around the world. During this time he also had a parallel career in Reserve Forces as a volunteer with the Army Cadet Force. Mike is currently on the National ACF Committee, is a Director of Gloucester Engineering Training (for apprentices) and Patron of GWR (Steam) Railway.
Robert E J Bernays OBE DL
Robert Bernays OBE has spent his life in Gloucestershire. He and Alison, ran a farming business near Thornbury. He has always been involved in voluntary work, mainly in elderly care and education. He maintains business involvement as a trustee of the Berkeley Estates and as a director of three businesses.
Professor Colin Dennis CBE DL
Colin moved to Gloucestershire in 1981, as Director of Technology at the Food Research & Technology Centre in Chipping Campden, now CampdenBRI and was Director-General (CEO) from1998 to 2009. He is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Nutrition Foundation and of the International Food Information Service and also Chair of the Executive Board of the AgriFood Training Partnership. He also serves on the Audit & Risk Committee of the Royal Agricultural University, the Board of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink and the Court of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire, having served as Warden in 2014-2015.
Lady Mavis Dunrossil BA (Oxon) PGCE M Litt(Oxon) DL
Mavis is Governor of The Cotswold School Academy, Withington C of E Primary, Chair Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, Hugh Westwood Trust, a Member Diocesan Synod, N. Gloucestershire Deanery Synod,N. Glos Regional Cricket & GRCCC Committee. She is a life Member of GRCC, Friends of Gloucestershire Archives and Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.
Sir Henry Elwes, KCVO
Ceri Evans JP DL
Born and educated in Llandrindod Wells 1941 he made the Forest of Dean home in 1959 and married Sheila (MBE). From 1959-2003 he was involved in manufacturing Genuine Handmade Bricks becoming MD & Co-owner. Magistrate 30 years. High Sheriff 2010/2011. Chairman Great Oaks Hospice. 20 years School Governor. Trustee Gloucestershire Society and Honourable Company of Gloucestershire.
Major J.V. Eyre, JP DL
Tom Frost DL
Tom’s background has included management roles at Whitbread Plc, ARC/Hanson Plc, Linolite Ltd and running own electrical engineering business for 14 years in Wiltshire. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chair of a family charity associated with eye diseases and prevention of blindness. He is President of Lucas Terrier Society. Tom is married with three sons and four grandchildren.
Lieut. Col. Ken Gibson TD MA LLM DL
Ken has lived in Bitton, the most southerly village in the ceremonial County of Gloucestershire, for 40 years. As a retired solicitor he is involved with local charities in particular those supporting veterans. He is a Lay Minister at the village church.
Major Tom Hancock DL
Tom spent 23 years in the military and has been a local councillor and Mayor of Winchcombe. He is an Honorary Alderman. He has been a member of Diocesan and Deanery Synods. He has also been involved in various capacities in the almshouses in Winchcombe, the Royal British Legion, CPRE and the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association.
John Hazlewood CBE MA (Cantab) CI.mgt FRSA DL
Canon Michael Irving LVO DL
Michael has lived in Gloucestershire since 1977. He worked in the hotel industry in London. For seven years he was an Outward Bound Instructor. Michael served on the Board of the Outward Bound Trust and that of Outward Bound International. He is an ordained priest and has served in four parishes in Gloucestershire. He was Director of Ordinands for six years. Michael has been an Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral since 1996. He is married with three adult children.
Martin Lee-Browne CBE TD MA DL
Martin is a Gloucestershire man. Born at Rendcomb, he has lived in Fairford since 1959. A solicitor there and in Cirencester for some 40 years, he has had a connection with The Gloucestershire Regiment and its successors, both Regular and TA , for over 60 years, including commanding the Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force. He was Chairman of the Gloucester element of the Three Choirs Festival. He and his wife have four children. He was a sailor, has been a comprehensive school Governor, and now writes books.
Col. D. Lowsley-Williams TD JP DL
Air Vice- Marshal Tony Mason CB CBE MA D.Sc Hon FRAes DL
Tony spent his career in the RAF and latterly at the University of Birmingham. He takes part in various community activities including being an Honorary Freeman of Cheltenham Borough. He is a member of the RAF Association, Air Training Corps, Friends of Pittville and other local charities. Tony’s interests include media, rugby, cricket and gardening.
Col. D.L Merrylees DL
Karen Morgan OBE DL
Karen has wide experience of the chemical industry, education, water and the environment, international development, scientific research and development, and financial services. Presently she is Vice-Chair of the University of Gloucestershire, Chair of Trustees of The Converging World, Trustee of the Friends of the Cotswolds, Chair of Aspire Gloucestershire, and Patron of Ruskin Mill Trust.
Alfred Morris CBE MA FCA FSS Hon LLD (Bristol) Hon RWA DL
Alfred was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 2006. He is Chairman and CEO Higher Education Associates, an international consultancy. He is Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants, and was Senior Research Fellow and advisor to House of Commons Select Committee on Education. He was the first Vice Chancellor UWE Bristol and then two further institutions. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the Universities of Gloucestershire, Bristol and UWE.
Richard Payne DL
Richard’s past roles have included Chief Executive of Stroud and Swindon Building Society; non-executive Chairman, Chief Executive Gloucestershire Development Agency; and Chairman Gloucestershire Training and Enterprise Agency and Link Group. Richard had national representative roles on trade bodies involving working with Government Departments. Special interests include financial services, economic development and skills training and promotion of public/private sector partnership activities.
Simon Preston DL
Simon was born and bred in Gloucestershire. He has an MSc in Industrial Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent 25 years in international engineering sales and subsequently founded a successful software development company in Cirencester. Simon is a former High Sheriff of Gloucestershire and past Chairman of Tetbury Hospital Trust and Gloucestershire Community Foundation.
Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO DL
Sir Francis joined the army (Royal Green Jackets) then from 1969 the Foreign Service. Director of GCHQ 1998-2003, and Governor and Commander in Chief of Gibraltar 2003-6. He is currently County President SSAFA, President of the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral and of the Friends of the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, and a Governor of Rendcomb College.
The Honourable Philip Smith DL
Philip was High Sheriff between 1992-93. He was Chairman of Gloucestershire Branch, Country Land and Business Association Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group. Philip was on the Council for the Gloucestershire Countryside. He is a former member Gloucestershire Rights of Way Liaison Group and Gloucestershire Local Access Forum and previously was a Trustee of Gloucestershire Rural Housing Association. He is currently Chairman of Sir Baptist Hicks Almshouse Trust, Chipping Campden.
Rudi Springer DL
Rudi was a local councillor for 15 years in South Gloucestershire and was Chairman of the Council 1998 -1999. Rudi is Chairman of( Bristol Oscar) Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Centre, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Safer & Stronger Community Groups, Present Chairman of South Gloucestershire Independent Advisory Group (IAG) and Member of the National Council of the Barbados Association.
John Thurston DL
Dame Janet Trotter OBE DBE CVO
Born and educated in Kent, she began her working life as a teacher and then lectured in a range of higher education colleges in Winchester and Lancaster.
She led the College of St Paul and St Mary in Cheltenham from 1986 until 2006. Following a complex merger it gained university title in 2001.
Dame Janet has held a number of posts within the NHS, including as Regional Chair (1996 – 2000) and Chair of the Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust (2002 – 2010). She was a member of the Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral from 2006 to 2018.
She was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire by The Queen in 2010, a role she relinquished in 2018. She is now Chair of the Nelson Trust, a Trustee of the Lilian Faithfull Homes, a member of the Cathedral’s Social Responsibility Group and a Governor of the Barnwood Trust. She is also chairing a group which is seeking to create a more child friendly Gloucestershire.
Dame Janet received an OBE in 1991, a DBE ten years later and a CVO in 2018
Col. G.W. Tufnell CVO DL
Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter KCVO OBE DL
Evelyn Webb-Carter spent a lifetime in the Army. On leaving the Army in 2001 he became the Chief Executive of the Army Benevolent Fund. In 2007 he established Waterloo 200 to oversee the Bicentenary in 2015 of the Battle of Waterloo. He is Chairman of The Brooke a global horse charity.
Major Tom Wills LVO DL
Tom served as a regular soldier (Coldstream Guards) from 1959 – 1973. He attended RAU Cirencester 1975-1976. He inherited the Miserden Estate from his Grandmother in 1980. He was the Chairman of the Gloucestershire Scout Council 1982-2002 and was High Sheriff in 1985. He was President of Gloucestershire Scout Council 2005 – 2008, Governor and Chairman of Trustees of Rendcomb College 1966 – 2016, President Stroud Conservative Patrons 1988 – 2007, President of Coldstream Guards Association Gloucestershire since 1985 and Officer of Queens Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard 1993 – 2010.
John Moger Woolley DL
Moger was commissioned in the Royal Artillery and then had a career in business. He was Chief Executive DRG plc. He was Chairman of Bristol Water Plc, ApI Plc, Brunel Holdings Plc,Dolphin Packaging Plc. Directorships also included Avon Rubber Plc, Staveley Industries Plc. Honorary Appointments have included Chairman of Council, University of Bristol 1997-2006, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire 2002, Trustee of BRACE (ongoing) and Member of the Society of Merchant Venturers.