APPOINTMENT OF NEW DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT

2 new Deputy Lieutenants have been appointed to serve on the Isle of Wight, it has been announced.

In this formal voluntary role they will assist the Lord-Lieutenant in her work. The appointment is until retirement on their 75th birthday.

The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon, has said:

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‘”I am delighted to welcome both Dr Jonathan Nainby-Luxmore and Geoff Underwood to the Lieutenancy team where their in depth knowledge of their particular sectors will be invaluable to the Lieutenancy role on the Isle of Wight.”

Dr Jonathan Nainby-Luxmore

Jonathan has lifelong connections with the Island, being baptised and married in Bembridge, where his family always retained a home.

After studying Medicine at Lincoln College, Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, he served 11 years, worldwide, in the Royal Army Medical Corps including the first Gulf War.

For 28 rewarding years he was a ’traditional’ GP and GP Trainer in a very rural isolated 2-partner practice based on Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co Durham. The area was the same size as the Isle of Wight but atop the Pennines.

Responding to an epidemic of suicides in 1991, he was involved with establishing the charity UTASS to support the isolated farming and village community, serving as chair for 10 years and resigning in 2021. He was a trustee of St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington for 7 years, and a trustee of AVF Launchpad, a national charity that provides accommodation and support to help veterans make a successful transition from military to civilian life.

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His interests include his dogs, sailing, gardening and all rural pursuits. He retired to Bembridge, serving as Commodore for Bembridge Sailing Club 2019-2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He married Sarah in 2015 and has 3 adult sons.

Geoff Underwood

Born on the Isle of Wight, Geoff is the founder and CEO of IFPL Group, which designs and manufactures equipment for Inflight Entertainment Systems.

IFPL Group is proud to have received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise on 5 occasions.

Active in the business community, he was President of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and founded The Isle of Wight Technology Group. Geoff was High Sheriff in 2019/20, setting up and chairing the local COVID Crisis Appeal Committee. He is also the Founder of the WightAid Foundation which is focused on channelling business giving to local causes. He is married to Amy, and between them have 4 grown-up children.

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Island Echo – Isle of Wight

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