Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants of Bedfordshire

Col. Christopher Sharwood-Smith MBE DL my personal profile

Chris Sharwood -SmithChris Sharwood-Smith was educated at University College School, London and Hertfordshire University. 

Chris has spent over forty years in Law Enforcement, having served in the UK Police Service at senior level both domestically and abroad. He is currently Managing Director of CSS Global Consulting Ltd which specialises in training and resilience issues, working closely with International partners such as the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, European Union, and US State Department. He is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and a Deployable Civilian Expert with UK Stabilisation Unit. His work has meant regular overseas travel, mostly in Africa, and he has been involved in projects in Sudan, Ghana, Bangladesh, Togo, Burkina Faso, Botswana, India, Rwanda, Lebanon and the USA. 

Chris has been a long-term supporter of the Army Cadet Force (ACF). He started his ACF career in 1986 with Middlesex & North-West Sector ACF. He was commissioned in 1987 transferring to Hertfordshire ACF in 1993. He took a major role in the merger of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire ACFs in 2008 and became the Deputy Commandant (Administration) following the restructure. He was appointed Commandant of Beds & Herts ACF in 2011, during his appointment he was instrumental in promoting the County through community engagement, running a series of Employer Engagement events and Presentation Evenings to raise the profile of the ACF. He was also the main driver in the formation of Bedfordshire Youth United. In April 2016 he was appointed as Colonel Cadets for the East Anglia region of  7th Infantry Brigade, where he acts as adviser to the Brigade Commander on all cadet matters. In 2016, he was tasked by GOC Regional Command to conduct Project Libra, a study into the effects of bureaucracy on the Cadet Force Adult Volunteer. In 2019 he was appointed to a national role advising the Deputy Commander Cadets at Regional Command on training matters for the Army’s cadet forces (ACF & CCF)

He was appointed to the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem for services to mankind through First Aid in 1993, Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Bedfordshire in 2014 and Member of Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Hours list for 2017. Chris holds a master’s degree in Emergency Planning & Disaster Management from the University of Hertfordshire, a Certificate in Education, and a Graduateship in Management & Training from the City & Guilds Institute. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CMI and a member of both the Emergency Planning Society and the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. 

For over 14 years, he has served the East Anglian RFCA as a military member and is Vice Chair of the Bedfordshire County Committee. 

Married to Karen with one daughter, outside the ACF and work he continues his passion for voluntary work as a member of the Bedfordshire committee of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, as chair of the Honours and Awards committee of the Bedfordshire County Priory Group of St John Ambulance, and as a Life Governor of the Royal Humane Society. Any spare time left is spent working on restoring his 17th Century farmhouse back to its former glory.