The Vice Lord-Lieutenant supports the Lord-Lieutenant, and carries out the normal duties of the Lord-Lieutenant should they be away, ill or unable to attend an event.
Benjamyn has been a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire since 2014 and was appointed as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 2020. A management consultant, he became a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants in 1990 and has worked with the public and private sector in the UK and across the world helping manage organisational change. His work in Iraq and Afghanistan helping to reform the administration of government has been acknowledged by the award of recognition from the Queen. His current focus is consulting work with UK police forces, helping them transform and adopt new digitally based ways of working to serve the public.
He has been a magistrate in the County since 1991 and was chairman of the Peterborough and later the combined Cambridgeshire benches. He was previously a special constable in three different forces, a non-executive director of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and of the East of England Orchestra. From 1996 to 2012 he was a member of the Cambridgeshire Police Authority and became vice-chair, also leading the professional standards panel with oversight for complaints, conduct and discipline in the force. Through the Association of Police Authorities he had national leadership in that area.
He is currently vice chair of the Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust, the charity which manages the “Bobby Scheme”, helping elderly and other vulnerable victims of crime, particularly home burglary and domestic violence. He is actively involved with the local 4*4 response group, working with the emergency services and local charities to support their work, for example in flood, bad weather and similar civic emergencies, including the “beast from the east” snowstorms and the Covid-19 pandemic, by transporting key workers, organising and delivering food packages, protective clothing and other items, and making welfare visits where required.
Benjamyn travels extensively for work and when time permits also for pleasure and spends as much time as possible driving and tinkering with an older Land Rover Defender.
He has been married to Liz (a retired pharmaceutical industry manager and a current Trustee of the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation) since 1982 and has one daughter, Alexandra, a senior hospital-based paediatrician. He and Liz live in Crowland.