Investment banker appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant for West Sussex

An investment banker has been appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant for West Sussex.

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, has today announced the appointment of Sir Richard Kleinwort, Bt, DL.

Sir Richard replaces Mr. Harry Goring, DL who wishes to stand down from the position, having been appointed in 2014.

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Sir Richard was born 1960 and brought up in Sussex. He attended Heatherdown Preparatory School, Stowe School, Exeter University (BA Hons, Modern Languages) before following a career in investment banking.

Sir Richard Kleinwort

He has worked for Kleinwort Benson and Deutsche Bank in Switzerland and Germany respectively and is currently on the Advisory Board of Kleinwort Hambros. He has also held a number of other directorships.

Sir Richard has considerable involvement in the charitable world both nationally and locally in West Sussex. 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).

Sir 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.

The Fund has to date given over £2million in grants.

Sir Richard married Lucinda Shand-Kydd in 1989 and they have four children in their twenties. They farm a small estate in Mid-Sussex.

The 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.”