The Lord-Lieutenant, with the Queen's approval, appoints a Vice Lord-Lieutenant from amongst the Deputy Lieutenants who will be given such duties as the Lord-Lieutenant may from time to time decide. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant in particular however stands in the place of the Lord-Lieutenant when she is away
The current Vice Lord-Lieutenant is Mr J. Michael Poole.
Senior Partner in Michael Poole Estate Agents which was formed in 1994 and now operates from 9 branches across Teesside. Sworn in as a Justice of the Peace for Cleveland Commission Area in 1998 and currently Bench Chairman for Cleveland Magistrates Court.
Former Chair of The Hospital of God at Greatham and currently a Board Member at Teesside University and Breckon Hill Primary School. Appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham in 2014 and appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 2021.
Heavily involved in supporting disadvantaged families and individuals through Charity involvement also Chair of The Teesside Family Foundation .