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The Clerk to the West Sussex Lieutenancy

The Lord-Lieutenant may appoint whichever person of standing and integrity she wishes to be Clerk to the Lieutenancy. Currently the Clerk to the West Sussex Lieutenancy is Mr Nathan Elvery, Chief Executive of the County Council.

Nathan Elvery has strong connections to West Sussex. He was born in Crawley and educated at Thomas Bennett Community College. He started his career at Crawley Borough Council as a trainee accountant and has also lived for a time in Shoreham.

Now the Chief Executive of West Sussex County Council, he has leadership responsibility for an organisation that spends and invests over £2 billion each year with over 6,500 staff.

He has 30 years public sector experience having served at district, regional, inner and outer London and county authorities. Nathan previously held the position of Chief Executive of the London Borough of Croydon.

He is a member of the Association of County Chief Executives, Advisor to the LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board, LGA Improvement Board and a member of the LGA Chief Executive Sounding Board.

He was previously the President of the Society of London Treasurers and President of the Association of Local Authority Treasurers. He has also served on the Board of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) and Capital Ambition and was the Chairman of the London Authorities’ Mutual Limited (LAML).

Prior to his current role Nathan has held senior positions with, London Borough of Croydon, Westminster City Council, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Crawley Borough Council.

His personal achievements include:

  • Who’s Who, in recognition of his wider contributions to Society.
  • Power 100 List – Britain’s Most Influential Men & Women.
  • Director of Finance of the Year for the Public & Voluntary Sector.

The Clerk to the Lieutenancy is supported by an Officer to the Lieutenancy, Mr Paul Legrave.






Nathan Elvery, Chief Executive of West Sussex County Council and Clerk to the Lieutenancy

Nathan Elvery,

Clerk to the Lieutenancy