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2017/2018

My first few weeks in office as High Sheriff of South Yorkshire

I made my Declaration to become High Sheriff of South Yorkshire at the Sheffield Combined Court Centre on 6 April 2017. The ceremony was presided over by The Hon Mr Justice Males and The Honorary Recorder for Sheffield HH Judge Goose QC. In my speech at the Declaration I confirmed my intention to make “Inclusivity” the theme for my year of office.



I have been rather busy in the two months of April and May. My activities have included:

10 April My first official duty as High Sheriff was to be presented to HRH The Duke of York on his visit to The Cutlers’ Hall prior to officially opening AMRC Factory 2050. This is now formally known as “The Duke of York Factory 2050”.

11 April My first citizenship ceremony. A thoroughly enjoyable event where I welcomed, and officiated over the swearing in of, 15 new British citizens from a range of European, African and Asian countries.I attended my second citizenship ceremony a few weeks later on 9 May which was equally rewarding and involved 17 new British citizens from a similarly diverse spread of countries.

27 April I was privileged to be able to observe the truly impressive performance of the Ceremony of ‘Sounding Retreat’ at Minden House in Pontefract performed by The Band and Bugles of the Rifles and the Minden Bugles and Drums of E Company of the Army Cadet Force and finally the Veterans of the Light Division and Rifles Buglers’ Association. 

2 May In the morning I attended Court with The Hon Mr Justice Goss, at the start of a rape trial. Clearly a challenging, difficult and emotionally testing time for all involved – not least the jury.

Later that day I attended a completely different kind of event: I had been invited by The Lord Mayor of Sheffield and the Leader of Sheffield City Council to attend a reception at Sheffield Town Hall to celebrate the (long overdue) promotion of Sheffield United to the Championship. Much celebration took place!

6 May A service at Sheffield Cathedral held to commemorate police officers who had lost their lives whilst serving in the South Yorkshire Police Force. I found this to be a most moving event, which underlined the fundamental importance of the police in ensuring the normality of our every day lives and the courage that this involves.

12 May Michelle Nicholson founded Key Changes a charity which supports women in the criminal justice system. This was a big day for her as she was launching her book “Without a Voice”. I have yet to read this but I understand that it is the story about how she was framed for the murder of her father and her subsequent fight for justice.

I have in my first few weeks of office also been involved in a range of other events. I have found out about the excellent support for charitable and public purposes provided by the Sheffield Town Trustees, a charity founded in 1297. I have also had meetings with the Very Reverend Peter Bradley, Dean of Sheffield, John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council and Stephen Watson, the Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police. In additionAnne and I had the privilege of attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, as well as a lunch immediately following the election of Anne Murphy as the new Lord Mayor of Sheffield. In addition we were delighted to be guests of The Master Cutler at The Cutlers’ Feast.

Finally,following an excellent, thought-provoking guest lecture by the very highly respected economist Martin Wolf, associate editor and chief economics commentator for the Financial Times, I attended a dinner hosted by Sir Keith Burnett, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.


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