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Sir Paul Nicholson

Lord Lieutenant of Durham

He is Lord-Lieutenant or Queen′s representative for County Durham, a position to which he was appointed in 1997. As part of that role he is also Chairman of the Lord Chancellor′s Advisory Committee for County Durham responsible for selecting and disciplining magistrates.

He is Lord-Lieutenant or Queen′s representative for County Durham, a position to which he was appointed in 1997. As part of that role he is also Chairman of the Lord Chancellor′s Advisory Committee for County Durham responsible for selecting and disciplining magistrates. Other current positions include, President of the County Durham Community Foundation which he was largely responsible for setting up in 1995, and President of the Durham Association of Clubs for Young People since 1979

From 1976-1999 he was Chairman of Vaux Group plc, which had substantial interests in brewing, pubs and hotels. Other significant past positions include, Chairman of the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation, a government-funded body for urban regeneration in Northeast England, Chairman of the Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association, Inaugural President of the Northeast Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Northern Region of the Confederation of British Industry as well as being a Non Executive Director of a number of listed private companies. In 1993, he was ‘Knighted’ by The Queen for ‘Services to Industry and to the Public in Northeast England’. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1961 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1964

In sport, he completed the Grand National Steeplechase in 1964 and twice won the ‘Foxhunters’ often called the ‘Amateur Grand National’ over the same fences. He was President of the Coaching Club (1990-97), the oldest four-in-hand horse driving club in England and is also an honorary member of the Coaching Club of New York. His hobbies include bird shooting and deer stalking as well as driving horses. For a number of years, he held a pilots license with an instrument rating

In June 2003 he published his memoirs ‘Brewer at Bay’. The book has sold over 1000 copies and has made a cash surplus of over £4000 ($7000+) all of which he has donated to charities.

Educated at Harrow and Clare College Cambridge, He was commissioned during National Service in the Coldstream Guards subsequently serving for 6 years in the Northumberland Hussars.

He married in 1970 Sarah youngest daughter of Sir Edmund Bacon KG. Paul and Sarah live in an Elizabethan house, largely built around1590 outside Durham City. They have one married daughter, Lucy, born in 1972. They also now have a grand daughter born in 2005.

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