A town man has been appointed as one of six deputy lieutenants to help assist the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.
Justin Apthorp, a Berkhamsted resident since 1996, is married to a local dentist and has three daughters who all attended Berkhamsted School, where Justin served as a governor on the board for 12 years.
Justin retired in 2015 and was buying director at Majestic Wine for 10 years and remains on the board as a non-executive director.
Speaking about his appointments, Lt Voss said: “I invested six new deputy lieutenants (DL) of Hertfordshire; Justin Apthorp, Suzy Harvey, Kate Holland-Hibbert, Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen, Michael McGrath and Vice-Admiral Alan Richards. It is an appointment to which The Queen ‘does not object’.
“They join the rest of the team assisting me in carrying out an enormous number of duties on behalf of Her Majesty throughout the county. Each DL will also join one or more of the 14 Lieutenancy panels covering such matters as education/young people, inter-faith, health, military, business, social responsibility, honours, social, voluntary service, and media as well as one for each of the four areas of the county.
“The DLs come from vastly diverse backgrounds and have enormous experience in many different areas of expertise and whilst the principal role of the Lieutenancy is to uphold the dignity of The Crown we attend over 500 events and visits a year and aim to connect people from all walks of life around the county.
“The DLs and I are here to help the people and communities of Hertfordshire in many ways so do.”