Lieutenancy and Honours

Information on the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk


Lord Tollemache, K St J, JP, is the current Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk.

Born in Norwich in December 1939, he lived during World War II with his mother's family near Brancaster. His uncle, David Jamieson, won a VC in Normandy serving with the Royal Norfolk Regiment. His father served in the Coldstream Guards and won an MC before the evacuation from Dunkirk before returning to Normandy in 1944 in the 6th Guards Tank Brigade.

He moved to Helmingham Hall in Suffolk in 1953; the home of the Tollemache family since 1480. He was educated at Eton College and then became commissioned in the Coldstream Guards, serving in Kenya, Oman, Kuwait and Zanzibar.

He was at one time a Director of Tollemache & Cobbold Breweries and is now an organic dairy farmer and an arable farmer and landowner. He lives at Helmingham with his wife Alexandra and three grown-up children. He was Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk from 1993 to 2003 and is now Patron or Chairman of a wide range of voluntary, charitable and County organisations in Suffolk.

His interests include conservation and the environment and the visual arts.

The current Vice Lord-Lieutenant is Mr. John Kerr, MBE, JP, DL

How do I contact the Lord Lieutenant

The Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council is Clerk to the Lieutenancy.

The Lord-Lieutenant may be contacted at the:

Suffolk Lieutenancy Office
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road

Telephone: 01473 264004


Etiquette and protocol

This information is provided to assist those who are planning an event to which the Lord-Lieutenant has been (or is to be) invited, and some guidance on etiquette.

What is correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant?

Written: The Lord Tollemache, K.St.J., JP.,HM Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk

Salutation: "Dear Lord-Lieutenant" or "Dear Lord Tollemache"

In a speech: In the preamble the Lord-Lieutenant is referred to as "My Lord-Lieutenant"

Conversation: "Lord Tollemache" or "Lord-Lieutenant"

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