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Press Release - New Lieutenant Governor 08.09.21

It is announced from the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor that Her Majesty The Queen, on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor, has been pleased to approve the appointment of Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell CB, CBE as the next Lieutenant-Governor of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Lieutenant General Cripwell is currently Deputy Commander Allied Land Command, the standing headquarters for NATO land forces, which is based in Izmir, in Turkey.

Born in Northern Ireland and educated in Dublin, Lieutenant General Cripwell is married to Louise and they have a son and a daughter. He was commissioned into the Royal Engineers, and served in Germany, the Far East, Africa, and on operations in the Balkans, the Middle East and Afghanistan, along with a tour as a Company Commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst - the British Army's Officer training academy founded by Guernseyman Major General John Gaspard Le Marchant.

Lieutenant General Cripwell was the Administrator [Governor] of the Sovereign Base Areas and Commander of British Forces in Cyprus, one of the United Kingdom's 14 Overseas Territories. He was Britain's Defence Attaché and Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington DC from 2015 to 2017. Prior to his current role he was the Deputy

Commander of Operation Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist coalition forces in Afghanistan. Lieutenant General Cripwell commented: 'I am delighted and extremely honoured to have been chosen to be Her Majesty's personal representative in the Bailiwick, and I look forward to playing a part in the life of its three jurisdictions.' He added: 'Louise and I look forward to meeting Islanders and sharing in the rich history, character and natural beauty of all the islands.'

Lieutenant General Cripwell will succeed Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder as the Sovereign's personal representative in the Bailiwick. Details of his arrival and swearing-in ceremony will be announced later this year.

Sir Ian's term of office will come to an end on Tuesday 30th November. His Excellency and Lady Corder will depart Guernsey for the final time on Wednesday 24th November 2021.