High Sheriff Warwickshire
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High Sheriff of Warwickshire Innaugauration Ceremony 2022

The tradition in Warwickshire is for the new High Sheriff to be inaugurated on Maundy Thursday and it is usual to hold the ceremony in the Old No 1 Court in the former Court buildings and Shire Hall in the centre of Warwick.  Sadly, they are closed for repairs but we were fortunate that the Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital kindly offered up the historic Chapel of St James for the service on the 14 th April.

I was delighted that The Right Honourable Lord Justice William Davis, who we have known for some years thanks to children connections, agreed to witness my signing the Declaration. Present also:

Master of Lord Leycester Mrs. Heidi Meter
Lord-Lieutenant Mr. Timothy Cox
Resident Judge His Honor Judge Lockhart, QC
Chairman of the Bench Mr. Darryl Armstrong, JP
Outgoing High Sheriff The Lady Willoughby de Broke
Visiting High Sheriff Mrs. Selina Graham
Under Sheriff Mr. John Rouse
Outgoing High Sheriff's Chaplain The Reverend Sarah Edmonds
Incoming High Sheriff's Chaplain The Reverend Lina Duckers
Mayor of Warwick Mr. Richard Edgington
Mayor of Leamington MRs. Susan Rasmussen

I was lucky to have the support of friends, colleagues and representatives of the sectors I hope to work with in the coming year.

The High Sheriff is appointed by her Majesty the Queen to represent her in the county in matters of law and order. I have been blessed by the support of the Lady Min Willoughby De Broke in allowing me to gain a little understanding of the scope of the role and have had insight from a continuity of former High Sheriff’s still active in supporting the county. That combined with the guidance and advice of His Honour Judge Lockhart QC and the Lord-Lieutenant Tim Cox, leaves me ready for a busy year.

The primary work:

  • To support all those people interested in protecting and promoting law and order in the county with particular reference to the Police, Ambulance and Fire Services.
  • To support the judiciary, to include the Judges, Magistrates, Coroners, Prisons and Probation Service.

In addition, I will seek to continue the wonderful work of previous High Sheriffs in support of charities within Warwickshire, including Crimebeat - a charity focused on young people’s own efforts to reduce crime and help improve young lives, supported by the High Sheriff Association nationally.

There will be time to follow my own themes and I hope to lend my support in the areas of:

  • Education – The bedrock of improving lives. Visiting schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Environment – In all aspects providing a safe environment for communities and in helping improve the natural environment.
  • Equality – Initiatives to help improve equality of opportunity everytime decisions are made.
  • Enterprise – Looking for initiatives that are working to make a difference locally through commercial success or social enterprise.

The High Sheriff has a mantra of:

  • Thanking those seeking to make a difference.
  • Connecting initiatives and individuals to maximise their impact.
  • Convening meetings where understanding of a way forward can emerge.

Given my background and experience, I will keep in mind three questions whenever visiting as High Sheriff:

  • What help do you need?
  • What resources - people or material?
  • Who do you need to connect with?

Do get in touch with any projects or opportunities.

Email: warwickshire@highsheriffs.com
Phone: 01926 747606