Jake appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of eleven new Deputy Lieutenants for the county of Norfolk.

Deputy Lieutenants support the work of the Lieutenancy and represent the Lord-Lieutenant at various events throughout the county. Having been chosen on the basis of service already given, a Deputy Lieutenant will continue to serve the community both within and outside the framework of the Lieutenancy.

The Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Dannatt, commented: “I am delighted Her Majesty has confirmed these appointments. Norfolk is very lucky to have so many dedicated Deputy Lieutenants across the county and I am sure these new appointees will carry out their duties with equal distinction in the years ahead."

Alongside Jake, the new Deputy Lieutenants are:

Dr Rose Barnes was born in Kenya and arrived in Norfolk in 1983, working as a GP in South Norfolk between 1987 and 2017. Following retirement, she is developing a volunteering role with the Norfolk Reading Project in supporting children with their reading skills. She is also engaging with the St Martins Housing homelessness charity, hoping to provide both a hands-on role as well as an ambassadorial commitment to this very worthwhile cause.     

Group Captain Stewart Blackburn MBE served in the RAF for over 40 years and subsequently as a managing director with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Central and Eastern Europe. He is currently the Chairman of Veterans Norfolk, Chairman of Costessey and District Royal British Legion and, from 2012 until 2015, was the Vice-Chairman of Norfolk County Royal British Legion. Since retirement, Stewart has worked exclusively in the voluntary sector.

Mrs Jane Cator is involved in many charitable causes, including Trustee of St Helens of Ranworth PCC, known at the Cathedral of the Broads and regularly raises funds through various events. She is also a Trustee for the Ranworth Trust, which she took over from her late husband Charles. She is an ambassador for Cancer Research UK and is part of the Norwich Soup Movement which feeds homeless people from Norwich Market Place.

The Reverend Matthew Hutton was born in Norwich and was brought up on the family farm at Langley which he now manages. He is a retired solicitor and tax adviser, author and lecturer. Since 2014, Matthew has been a part-time, self-supporting ordained Minister in the Church of England, currently serving at St Barnabas Church, Norwich. Matthew has particular interests in caring for ex-offenders (being a Mentor with and Chair of Trustees of Community Chaplaincy Norfolk, which supports ex-offenders as they seek to re-build their lives), in alleviating homelessness (he is a member of the Advisory Group of St Martins Housing) and in reducing violence against women or VAW (having been a Founder Trustee of the national charity Restored, an international Christian alliance committed to see an end to VAW).

Sir Norman Lamb initially trained as a solicitor, was elected to Parliament and was MP for North Norfolk from 2001-2019. He held key posts including Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State for Care and Support and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee to name but a few. He was awarded a Knighthood in 2019 for his service including work on mental health issues. He is a Patron of a number of charities, and in August 2019 launched the Norman Lamb Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, which aims to ensure equality, justice and human rights in society for those with mental health issues, people on the autism spectrum and those with learning disabilities.

Lt Col Mark Nicholas MBE trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before joining the Royal Anglian Regiment and toured Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Jordan and Iraq. On returning to Norfolk, Mark became Director of the Royal Norfolk Show, and the Founding Director of the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival for 14-24-year olds. He is Chair of Governors at Langley School and is currently the CEO of the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal in a campaign to raise £12.5m for a new hospice in Norfolk.

Mr Nicholas Pratt is a farmer, landowner and agricultural contractor in Ryston, near Downham Market. He is a Trustee of King’s Lynn Minster and Norfolk Community Foundation, as well as other voluntary roles.  He was appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk in 2015-16.

Dr Marian Prinsley was born in South Africa and brought up in Swaziland until the age of 14, after which she attended school in the UK. Marian is an educational psychologist and has worked in this capacity since 1983, focussing recently on brain injured, life limited and disabled children. She has lived in Norfolk since 1996 and has been a member of Norwich Hebrew Congregation all this time, serving as President from 2015-2018. Marian is passionate about interfaith activities and works hard to further the cause of religious tolerance. Marian was elected Sheriff of Norwich for the year 2019-2020.

Mrs Philippa Taylor is a partner in a Norfolk farming business in Starston near Harleston. Philippa hosted the Waveney Harries Pony Club for 15 years, as well as being involved with and latterly President of the Harleston Magpies Hockey Club. She is also the local President of St John’s Ambulance.

Mr Han Yang Yap qualified 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. He actively supports the arts in Norfolk; in 2011, he collaborated with the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in staging one of the highlight events of the festival that year. He now sits on the Board of Trustees of the Norwich Theatre Royal with a particular focus on development work. He is also involved in fundraising for his local parochial church council and the Norfolk Churches Trust.