Her Majesty’s Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London

The u/m are members of the Society of Lieutenants, who collectively fulfil a role in the City of London akin to the Lord Lieutenant of a county (see notes at foot of page). They do so under the chairmanship of the Lord Mayor.

All past lord mayors are appointed to the Commission for the duration of their time as aldermen (ie usually until their 70th birthday), along with the current LM and his/her likely successor. The other appointees (e.g. Recorder, Common Sergeant, Bank Governor, Police Commissioner, RFCA chairman etc) relinquish their lieutenancy on leaving their office.

By custom, each outgoing LM nominates one suitable new lieutenant (shown as “nominee” in the list below), and they serve for life. Occasionally, a retiring alderman is so nominated (eg Martin and Woolf below).

                                                               Role & Year appointed 

(NB for past LMs the year shown is also date of appointment to the Commission, not the year they served as LM, which is usually the following year)

Alderman Nick Anstee                       Past LM 2008

Colonel John Barkshire                      Nominee 1989

Sir John Bond                                       Nominee 2000

Sir Charles Bowman                            Past LM 2016

Mr Mark Carney                                   Governor Bank of England 2013

Major General Keith Cima                  Nominee 2009

Major Barnaby Cockcroft                     Nominee 1992

Dame Elizabeth Corley                         City business 2018

Rear Admiral Sir Jeremy de Halpert  Nominee 2005

Mr Paul Double                                       Nominee 2018

Colonel Simon Duckworth                   Nominee 2010

Commissioner Ian Dyson                     Police Commissioner 2016

Colonel Nigel Easton                             Nominee 2003

Alderman Peter Estlin                          current LM 2017

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe        Nominee 1981

Alderman Sir Roger Gifford                Past LM 2011

Colonel Mark Hatt-Cook                      Nominee 1998

Captain (RN) Paul Hill                           Reserve Forces & Cadets Association 2017

His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard Recorder of London 2013

Colonel John Holland                           Nominee 1991

Major William Hunt                              Nominee 2012

Colonel Brian Kay                                  Nominee 1994

Professor Roy Leighton                        Nominee 2006

Alderman Ian Luder                              Past LM 2007

His Honour Judge Richard Marks      Common Serjeant 2015

Colonel Sir Clive Martin                        Nominee 1984

Major General Ranald Munro             Nominee 2015

Captain Colin Murray                            Nominee 1992

Major Tony O’Hagan                             Nominee 2007

Mr Paul Orchart                                      Nominee 2012

Alderman Sir Andrew Parmley            Past LM 2015

Air Commodore Delva Patman            Nominee 2011

Captain Sir John Perring                      Nominee 1963

Major John Phipson                              Nominee 2004

Colonel Nigel Pullman                          Nominee 2013

Sir William Purves                                 Nominee 1996

Colonel Dominic Reid                           Nominee 2008

Alderman William Russell                 likely next LM 2018

Vice-Admiral The Lord (Jeffrey) Sterling                 Nominee 1995

Air Commodore The Viscount (Hugh) Trenchard  Nominee 2014

Colonel Michael Upson                        Nominee 1986

Sir Brian Williamson                            Nominee 2002

Dame Fiona Woolf                                Nominee 2012

Alderman Sir David Wootton             Past  LM 2010

Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow                  Past LM 2013

The post of Lord-Lieutenant of a county or major city is an honorary but significant appointment, whose origin dates back to King Henry VIII. A Lord-Lieutenant's responsibilities are wide ranging, and to assist him in these he may appoint a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants. The size and complexity of Greater London has resulted in some specific arrangements for its Lieutenancy.

Uniquely, the City of London stands apart from Greater London in this respect, having neither Lord Lieutenant nor Deputy Lieutenants. In their place, a Commission of Lieutenancy acts on behalf of the Sovereign in areas where a Lord Lieutenant would normally operate. Each year, on Christmas Day, The Queen appoints an additional Lieutenant for the City of London. He or she holds that appointment until death, and so the number of Lieutenants in the City of London varies from year to year. 

The work of the City's Lieutenancy is administered by its Clerk - details at this page 

Although Greater London has a Lord Lieutenant and a number of Deputy Lieutenants, the Reserve Forces Act 1980, which consolidated most of the Lieutenancy legislation, also recognised the City as a separate county for the purposes of Lieutenancy and the Militia. Her Majesty’s Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London is unique in that it is the only Lieutenancy which includes some ex officio members, and all members are named by the Crown as Lieutenants within the City of London. The Lord Mayor presides, primus inter pares.

This body as presently constituted owes its origins to the Second Militia Act of 1662. The Commission is issued annually under the Great Seal.  It is the sole remaining Authority still empowered to levy a Trophy Tax.  Under the 1662 Act Lord Lieutenants had been vested with full power and authority to array, arm and munition the Militia.  To pay for the training and embodiment of the men, Trophy Money was levied locally.  The Clerk to Her Majesty’s Commission of Lieutenancy makes application on behalf of HM’s Lieutenants, signed by nine of them, for the levying of the tax by submitting audited and notarised accounts to the Ministry of Defence, and requesting that a Royal Warrant be served on the Corporation of London for the payment of £4666 13s 4d.  This sum was once levied monthly but was reduced to an annual payment and has remained in this amount since 1820.

This note was compiled by Nigel R Pullman, as noted, one of the above listed Lieutenants.

June 2019

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