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HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey

The Lord-Lieutenant is Patron or President of organisations and charities across Surrey.

British Red Cross
Community Foundation for Surrey
Guildford Cathedral (Chair of Guildford Cathedral Appeal)
Guildford Samaritans
Headway Surrey
Royal British Legion
Surrey Army Cadet Force Association
Surrey Historic Buildings Trust
Surrey Youth Focus
The Lifetrain Trust
The Lightbox
Transform Housing and Support

President/Vice President
ABF – the Soldiers' Charity
County Priory Group of the Order of St John
GASP Motor Project

Poyle Charities
Queen Elizabeth Foundation
Sight for Surrey
Shooting Star Chase
Surrey Association of Local Churches
Surrey Association of Town Councils
Surrey Clubs for Young People
Surrey Magistrates Society
Surrey Playing Fields
Surrey Record Society
Surrey Scouts
Young Epilepsy

Gordon Foundation (Gordon’s School)
Historic Houses Association
Royal Alexandra and Albert School
Surrey History Trust
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre


Please also see Role with Voluntary Sector


Michael More-Molyneux has lived in the county all his life. His family has been there for five centuries. A businessman, he runs Loseley Park Farms. He is a former Chair of Visit Surrey and President of the Surrey County Agricultural Society. He is a main Board member of the Historic Houses Association (HHA) and also chairs the south-east region of the HHA and is a Director of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. He also gives active support to a number of voluntary causes. These include Shooting Star Chase; the military, as Vice-President of the Surrey Branch of SSAFA; and as Chairman of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal. The More-Molyneux family donated land to build a children’s hospice which is named after their middle son Christopher. Michael More-Molyneux lives at Loseley with his wife Sarah above. They have two surviving sons and a daughter.

Six months after his appointment as Lord-Lieutenant by HM The Queen, he said: “I am committed to encouraging and supporting the voluntary, charitable and faith sectors, benevolent organisations and the industrial, business and social life of our county. The welcome that I have received thus far from communities and individuals across Surrey has been inspirational and energising and I relish developing my role."


The Vice Lord-Lieutenant
Mr CW Biddell DL was appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant on 8th February 2016. Bill Biddell is the Chief Executive of The Hampton Estate, a family owned traditional agricultural estate located on the southern slopes of the Hogs Back in Surrey. He trained as a Chartered Surveyor qualifying in 1985 and practiced in central London and West Sussex. He has been involved in numerous voluntary organisations in Surrey as President, Trustee, Chairman or board member, including Surrey Clubs for Young People, Disability Initiative, The Whiteley Homes Trust, The Surrey County Agricultural Society, The Surrey Nature Partnership and The Guildford Working Gundog Society. He is a director of Wealden Hops and Stern Farms and a governor of Christs Hospital School.

Bill was High Sheriff of Surrey in 2001 at the relatively young age of 41 and his focus for the year was championing the youth of Surrey. He said of his appointment as Vice Lord-Lieutenant: “I am extremely honoured to take up this historic post and I look forward to serving the Lord-Lieutenant during my time in office”.


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