New Vice Lord-Lieutenant appointed for West Sussex

Sir Richard Kleinwort. Photo: Vanessa Taylor

Sir Richard Kleinwort. Photo: Vanessa Taylor - Credit: Vanessa Taylor

Sir Richard Kleinwort brings his experience from a career in investment banking to the role, as well as many charitable positions held nationally and locally

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Susan Pyper, announced today the appointment of Sir Richard Kleinwort, Bt, DL to serve as Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex. Sir Richard replaces Harry Goring DL who is standing down from the position, having been appointed in 2014.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant’s duties include assisting the Lord-Lieutenant in the performance of her duties which could include representing her in welcoming Royal visitors to the county, at citizenship ceremonies or attending Remembrance Day events. Appointment to the office is made in recongition of distinguised service to the community, predominantly in a voluntary capacity.

Sir Richard Kleinwort was born 1960 and brought up in Sussex. He attended Heatherdown Preparatory School, Stowe School and Exeter University before following a career in investment banking.

He has worked for Kleinwort Benson and Deutsche Bank and is currently on the advisory board of Kleinwort Hambros. He has also held a number of other directorships.

Richard has had many charitable roles both nationally and locally. 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.

He is married to Lucinda Shand-Kydd in 1989 and they have four grown-up children. They farm a small estate in Mid-Sussex.

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Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Susan Pyper said: “I am delighted that Richard Kleinwort has accepted my invitation to serve as Vice Lord-Lieutenant. His wide knowledge and experience of West Sussex, coupled with his deep affection for the county make him the ideal person for the role, and I am looking forward to working with him. I would also like to thank Harry Goring most warmly for all he is done. He has been an invaluable support, good friend and source of advice to me and I am truly grateful for all he has contributed during his six years in the position.”

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