THE chairman of St Michael’s Hospice has been appointed Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex.
Julian Avery, 67, of Ticehurst, will assist the Lord Lieutenant, Peter Field, in carrying out his duties on behalf of the Queen.
Mr Avery is one of six new Deputy Lieutenants recently appointed and said: “It came completely out of the blue, I am very honoured.
“I am looking forward to helping the Lord Lieutenant in promoting the wonderful things that are done in this great county of ours, and making sure that those who do such extraordinary work get recognised and supported.”
He has been chairman of St Michael’s Hospice since 2005, is East Sussex Ambassador for the county council, and involved with charities such as The Butler Trust and East Sussex Association for the Blind and Partially Sighted.
In 2004 Mr Avery was High Sheriff of East Sussex and now serves as president of the High Sheriffs’ Association of England and Wales.
He will hold the position of Deputy Lieutenant until the age of 75.
A former solicitor and banker, Mr Avery also ran an insurance company before retiring in 2004, and still has several business interests.
He is married to Quenelda Avery, county president of Sussex St John Ambulance, and they have three children and five granddaughters.
There are five other individuals who were appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex this week, bring the number of deputies to 38.
Geoffrey Bush DL, is chairman of the Diageo Foundation and Corporate Citizenship Advisor to Diageo plc.
Professor Julian Crampton DL is vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton.
James May DL is chairman of Shoreham Port Authority and is current chairman of Sussex County Cricket Club.
Colonel M J N (Nick) Richards DL is involved with a number of service charities.
Chantal Wilson DL is a former independent town councillor, and chairman of Wealden District Council.
Mr Field said: “These are outstanding individuals who have been playing, and continue to play a significant role supporting the local community.”