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The Vice Lord-Lieutenant

The post of Vice Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant at her discretion, subject to the approval of Her Majesty The Queen. Appointment to the office of Vice Lord-Lieutenant is in recognition of distinguished service to the community, predominantly in a voluntary capacity, or to the country or county. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant undertakes to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in the performance of any duties that may be laid upon him. This can include representing her in welcoming Royal visitors to the county, at formal functions, award ceremonies, citizenship ceremonies or attending Remembrance Day services.

Sir Richard Kleinwort Bt DL was born 1960 and brought up in Sussex.  He attended Heatherdown Preparatory School, Stowe School, Exeter University (BA Hons, Modern Languages) before following a career in investment banking.  He has worked for Kleinwort Benson and Deutsche Bank in Switzerland and Germany respectively and is currently on the Advisory Board of Kleinwort Hambros.   He has also held a number of other directorships.

Richard has considerable involvement in the charitable world both nationally and locally in West Sussex.  He has been a member of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (UK) Board of Ambassadors since 2000 and is currently the senior trustee of The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust (established in 1962).  Richard was President of the South of England Agricultural Society in 2019 and served as High Sheriff of West Sussex 2008-9.  In recent months he has been instrumental in working with the Sussex Community Foundation to establish the Sussex Crisis Fund to provide funds to local groups responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Fund has to date given over £2 million in grants.

Richard married Lucinda Shand-Kydd in 1989 and they have four children in their twenties.  They farm a small estate in Mid-Sussex.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Sir Richard Kleinwort, Bt, DL