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FIVE people have been appointed as Deputy Lieutenants for West Sussex.

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Hugh Wyatt, named the following on Tuesday (April 1).

Mr Gordon Tregear is a former High Sheriff of West Sussex. He retired as a solicitor in 1997 and now actively manages the South Lodge Estate.

A former Chairman of the Sussex Branch of the Country Landowners Association, he is very supportive of farming, forestry and shooting activities.

A vice-president of the West Sussex County Scout Council, he is also a member of the Scottish Bagpipers Society, and enjoys playing the Highland Bagpipes.

Married to Alexandra, the couple have three daughters.

Lady Bennett originally worked as a journalist, but more recently has been involved with major charitable projects in Crawley and Mid Sussex.

She helped set up Crawley Open House, a hostel and day centre for the homeless which was awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2007.

She helped establish Furniaid in Crawley, recycling furniture and other household items to help homeless and disadvantaged people, as well as a Domestic Violence drop-in centre.

She helped set up Mid Downs Crossroads – caring for carers, and has been an advisor to Haywards Heath Citizens' Advice Bureau since 2004. Married, she has four adult children.

Miss Christine Cheshire has been a councillor for the Bewbush Ward of Crawley Borough Council since 2004. She has a wide range of local appointments including chair of the Crawley Town Access Group, chair of the Crawley Fairtrade Team, founding director of Crawley Community Transport, member of Crawley's Local Strategic Partnership Board and a trustee of the Crawley Council for Voluntary Service.

In Bewbush she is a member of both the Bewbush Action Group and Bewbush Net. A former teacher, she was for eight years chair of Governors of Southgate Middle School.

A season ticket holder at Crawley Town Football Club, she also has a love of music and has been a member of a choir for most of her life.

Mr Philip Jackson is a highly celebrated sculptor, whose commissions have included the Bobby Moore Sculpture at the new Wembley Stadium and the Equestrian Sculpture of The Queen at Windsor Great Park.

His current commissions include the memorial to The Queen Mother in the Mall, London, The Sir Alf Ramsey Sculpture at Wembley Stadium and the United Trinity at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United.

A former vice president of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, he is also president of the West Sussex Art Society, a member of the Art Workers Guild and a member of Chichester Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee.

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Hugh Wyatt, named the following on Tuesday (April 1).

Married to Jean, he has three adult children and two step-children.

Major Tom Wye, MBE is a former mayor of Worthing. He served with the Royal Engineers from 1960 – 1997. A councillor with Worthing Borough Council since 2003, he is a Governor of Lyndhurst Road First School, President of Worthing Rotary Club, and a Director of High Salvington Mill Trust.

He is a member of the West Sussex Army Benevolent Fund Committee, and serves both the Worthing Branch of the Royal British Legion and the Worthing Combined Ex-Servicemen's Association. Married to Lesley, the couple have two adult children.

Deputy Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant at his discretion, subject only to The Queen not disapproving of the granting of the commission.

Appointment to the office of Deputy Lieutenant is in recognition of distinguished service to the community, predominantly in a voluntary capacity, or to the country or county.

There are currently 43 Deputy Lieutenants geographically spread over the county.

Although military in origin, the post no longer has any military significance, but every Deputy Lieutenant undertakes to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in the performance of any duties that may be laid upon him or her.

This can include representing the Lord-Lieutenant at formal functions, award ceremonies, citizenship ceremonies or attending Remembrance Day services.

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