Major General Sir Martin White fulfilled the role of Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight since 2006, until his retirement in 2018. This honorary office, appointed by HM The Queen, is the permanent representative of the Crown on the Isle of Wight.

On the announcement of this new position in April 2018, Major General Sir Martin White said: “I am delighted to become Patron of Mountbatten and to join a team which is recognised as being outstanding in what they do.

We are so fortunate to have Mountbatten on the Isle of Wight, the only end of life care charity on the Island which provides free 24-hour care and support to patients and their families. Many people still don’t realise the breadth of what Mountbatten does, or what its supporters’ hard-earned fundraising supports them to achieve. As Patron, I hope to be able to tell that story to as many people as possible, so that we can ensure continued and growing support for this very special organisation that touches the lives of so many people on the Isle of Wight.