The Queen has been pleased to appoint Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst DL as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex when Lord Petre KCVO retires on 4 August 2017.
Mrs Tolhurst is a former High Sheriff of Essex. She started the Danbury and Little Baddow branch of the NSPCC and chaired the Prince’s Youth Business Trust in Essex. She was a Magistrate and Vice Chairman of the governors of New Hall School. She remains Vice-President of the Essex Community Foundation, serves on Essex University Court, is an assessor for the Queen’s Awards for Volunteers and is Vice-Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.
Mrs Tolhurst lives in Danbury with her husband, Philip. They have three grown-up children and seven grandchildren.
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. He will stand down after turning 75 – the customary age of retirement for the Sovereign’s representatives.