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County News

2015/2016

I intend to focus my year in office on young people. In so many ways the current generation of young people have been short-changed. Youth unemployment is at an all time high and there are virtually no safe and inspiring places left for young people to go to in their leisure time. The results are plain to see.
I am hugely impressed by the work of youth work volunteers and I look forward to working with them and the institutions that they support in order to improve the outcomes for our young people. In addition I will be working as hard as I can to help create two outstanding youth facilities in Warrington and Chester.
Crimebeat has supported many hundreds of projects in Cheshire and I will be following the example of previous High Sheriffs in supporting this amazing initiative.
Finally I will continue to support the excellent work of the Cheshire Community Foundation. Cheshire was the last county in England to set up a Community Foundation but, under the leadership of the Lord Lieutenant and his Deputy, it is now one of the most effective and generous Community Foundations in the country.
Commenting on his appointment Bill Holroyd said “This is a huge honour for me and my family. The role of High Sheriff spans back over 1100 years and I feel a heavy burden of responsibility to follow an unbroken line of such talented and committed people who have done immeasurable good for our county”

Bill Holroyd

Bill was born on a farm in Eskdale, Cumbria and went to Keswick School where he demonstrated little academic skills but a talent for naughtiness. Having scraped through his A-Levelshe went on to study hotel management at Blackpool College and thence to Trusthouse Forte where he developed and ran their national foodservice distribution network.
In 1984 Bill left THF to set up his own company (Holroyd Meek) which he built up to a major company serving over 7,000 restaurants across the UK with all of their requirements.
In 1995 Holroyd Meek was sold to Booker and Bill used his experience of running a start-up business to invest in and work alongside a succession of early-stage businesses. In the past 20 years Bill has invested in over 20 companies with some impressive successes, tempered by the odd disaster.
In 2008 Bill formed Onside which is a charity that builds 25,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art youth clubs in city centres. Each centre attracts around 250 young people each evening and there are now 20,000 active members. Bill aims to have a Youth Zone in every town and city in the country, providing all young people with somewhere safe and inspiring to go in their leisure time.
In 2012 Bill was awarded the CBE for services to industry and young people.
Bill lives in Oakmere with his wife Julie. He has four children Laura, Nico, Olivia and Harri.


Click here to view the Cheshire News published in the Winter 2015 edition of The High Sheriff magazine 

Click here to view the Cheshire News published in the Summer 2015 edition of The High Sheriff magazine 

Click here to view the Cheshire News published in the Summer 2014 edition of The High Sheriff magazine 

Click here to view the Cheshire News published in the Summer 2013 edition of The High Sheriff magazine 

 

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