New honour for Sir Tony

Sir Tony Baldry MP. NNL-141222-122518009
Sir Tony Baldry MP. NNL-141222-122518009

Former Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry is one of three new Deputy Lieutenants who will assist Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Tim Stevenson in representing Her Majesty the Queen in the county.

Bloxham resident Sir Tony is joined in the role by Colonel (Rtd) Neil Sutherland, of Fernham and Richard Venables, of Islip.

Along with a number of formal tasks, the deputies will help to encourage and support positive contributions to community life in Oxfordshire, particularly from volunteering activity of all kinds.

Deputy Lieutenants are appointed for the contribution they have already made to the life of the county, and for their potential for contributing even more in their new role.

Mr Stevenson said: “I am delighted to announce these new appointments to the existing group of dedicated deputy lieutenants. I know that they will each bring skill, commitment and enthusiasm to their new role. Oxfordshire will benefit greatly.”

Sir Tony was MP for Banbury for 32 years and was awarded his knighthood in 2012. He is the head of a set of commercial chambers in the Temple and a non‐ executive director of a number of private and public companies.

He also chairs the Church Buildings Council, which looks after the care and maintenance of all 16,000 parish churches in England and chairs the Trustees of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London. He is High Steward of Banbury.