The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire:

Professor Jaydip Ray DL

Professor Jaydip Ray is a Professor of Otology Neurotology at the University of Sheffield and Professor of ENT at Sheffield Hallam University. He started his training in St Thomas’ Hospital, London then moving to Cambridge for research in implantable hearing solutions. After completion of his Higher Surgical Training in Birmingham, he was awarded advanced fellowships in University of Sydney, Australia and Stanford University, USA.  He took up the post of ENT consultant in Sheffield in 2006  and has been the Clinical Director since 2012 leading the unit to its current international standing.

He has an active interest in teaching, training, translational research and innovation and holds several national and international leadership roles. He has been the lead on many international multicentre trials and published over 125 peer reviewed publications and delivered over 90 invited national and international lectures.

Jaydip has been involved in the development of several innovative services in his field, including the creation of new services for auditory implants, wearable sensor based balance and falls monitoring and virtual reality balance rehabilitation.

He is a founding members of the Global Healthy Hearing Ears Initiative, a collaborative of international experts in 10 countries in combating ear disease and hearing loss. In addition he is involved with several charitable organisations and activities locally and internationally. He is also a founding member of the ENT UK Foundation to support trainee-led research in ENT working in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the National Academic Collaborative for Equity and Inclusivity in Surgery (ACEIS) UK.

He is married to Dr. Karabi Ray, a local GP. Together they have two grown up daughters. He enjoys travel, music and badminton.

High Sheriff’s priority areas

  • Judiciary and the law enforcement agencies
  • Tackling socioeconomic and health inequalities
  • Translational research and innovation leading to job creation
  • Promoting sports, health and wellbeing

Voluntary Sector Support

The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire asks you to note and support the work of these organisations:

103 Squadron Air Cadets Make new friends while flying, shooting, gliding, gaining BTEC qualifications, Duke of Edinburgh award and much more!

Artistic Spectrum Not for Profit organisation delivering art as therapy to people with autism.

Barnsley Beacon The role of Barnsley Beacon Support Services is to provide confidential help, information and support to Parents, Family, Carers and Friends who have concerns around Drug and Alcohol use.

BIADS – Barnsley Independent Alzheimers and Dementia Support “Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow”.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at our hospice in North Anston.

Brathay Trust As part of its community work in the Sheffield area, Brathay manages the community centre on the William Sutton Estate in Hillsborough. Their focus is to enable residents to make full use of the facility and they have set up services, mother and toddler groups and various vibrant youth groups.

Clifton Learning Partnership improving educational outcomes for children and addressing the issues of deprivation, diversity and poverty.

CrimeStoppers Mission: Through our promise of anonymity, vulnerable individuals and communities can stand up against crime without fear of intimidation or possible retaliation. We aim to detect, reduce and prevent crime through the provision of information, and give people the information and tools to act against crime.

Doncaster Deaf Trust Our mission is to advance education, training & care for deaf & hearing impaired children, adults & those with communication/learning difficulties.

Doncaster Food Bank part of the Trussell Trust providing food parcels in emergency.

Flourish Enterprises is a social partnership providing confidence, rehabilitation and support to long-term unemployed.

Home Start Doncaster is a charity that offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in Doncaster.

In2Change helps young people, offenders and ex-offenders.

Lifewise is an interactive learning centre for South Yorkshire communities, developed by South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Featuring a purpose-built set, it is used to educate visitors about safety and citizenship with the ultimate aim of reducing crime and improving quality of life.

Lost Chord An innovative charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being of those suffering with dementia using interactive musical stimuli to increase their general awareness and self esteem.

+Me – Mission For people living with HIV and Hepatitis C to live independently and experience choice without facing stigma or discrimination.

Onboard skatepark Sheffield’s newest skate park, a brilliant facility working to nurture disaffected youngsters otherwise lacking engagement. Youngsters of all ages learning life skills in a fun atmosphere.

The Police Treatment Centres – A force for promoting and improving health and wellbeing.

Re-Furnish provides quality new and pre-owned furniture and electrical goods for the communities of South Yorkshire as well as establishing the confidence and skills sets for return to employment.

Romero Community Undertaking hugely valuable community work in the Barnsley area and based at St Helen’s Church Laithes Lane Barnsley.

Rotherham Hospice Our vision is excellence in care for all those throughout Rotherham affected by a terminal illness.

Safe@Last is a charity working with and on behalf of children and young people at risk through running away.

The St Wilfrids Community Centre St. Wilfrid’s is a day centre open to all homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded adults aged between 18 and 65 years old.

The Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind Mission: to provide opportunity, support, friendship and services to blind and partially sighted people in Sheffield, helping them to achieve whatever they wish to do and whatever they aspire to be.

Sheffield Sea Cadets are part of the UK’s oldest nautical youth charity.

The Sheffield Working Women’s Opportunities Project (SWWOP) provides intensive support to vulnerable women involved in street prostitution.

The South Yorkshire Community Foundation – Connecting people who care to causes that matter…
South Yorkshire Community Foundation aims to improve lives in our communities.
They do this through raising funds from businesses, philanthropists, trusts and statutory bodies and using them to meet the needs of local people facing economic hardship and other barriers to aspiration.

Springwell Learning Community is a “special” academy in every sense of the word providing education which is very special and tailored to the varied needs of its pupils.

Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.

Support Dogs “Training Dogs to Transform Lives”.

Swinton Lock Activity Centre a community based arts, education and activities centre.

SYEDA –South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association The support service for people with Eating Disorders and their Carers.

Volunteer Police Cadets is a uniformed voluntary youth organization, supported by South Yorkshire Police, open to young people aged 15 – 17 from across the County.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Saving lives across Yorkshire.

High Sheriffs Awards

The High Sheriff would aim to  recognise persons or organisations that work above and beyond their call of duty to make significant impact for the communities in South Yorkshire. Nominations can be made for individuals by e mailing directly to jaydipray1@gmail.com or lucywainwright6@gmail.com.  Self nominations are not accepted. Decision of the judges is final.

There will be three rounds with closing dates as follows:

  • 15th of April 2023
  • 30th of September 2023
  • 31st of January 2024

Please include the following details in your submission on one side of an A4 sheet:

  • Nominee’s name and contact details
  • Citation (including reasons for nomination, list of contributions and achievements (max 500 words)
  • Possible referees who could be contacted
  • Sponsor’s contact details

County History

The High Sheriffs of Yorkshire 

The office of the High Sheriff is one of the most ancient, independent, non-political establishments dating back to the Saxon times.

High Sheriffs can be traced back to the ninth century when the Saxons divided their kingdoms into more practical administrative regions they named shires. A reeve was a community leader and each shire soon had its reeve, shire-reeve or Sheriff. He was a royal appointment with the duties of collecting revenues from the shire, raising armed forces, and administering justice in the shire court.

The Normans kept the office of Sheriff and the earliest record identifies Gamel, son of Osbern, a substantial Yorkshire landowner at the time of the Domesday Survey, as Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1066. He may have been the last Saxon Sheriff allowed to remain in office.

Serious historians are referred to a book compiled by the University of York and published in 2000 entitled “The Lord Lieutenants & High Sheriffs of Yorkshire 1066 – 2000”. It describes the origins of the two offices and biographical summaries of all known Lord Lieutenants and High Sheriffs of Yorkshire.

There is one High Sheriff for each county. There are 55 High Sheriffs in England and Wales each year. It is the responsibility of each High Sheriff to nominate their successor. The annual nominations of three prospective High Sheriffs of each County are made on the 12th of November each year in a meeting of the Lords of the Council in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court presided over by the Lord Chief Justice. Following the traditional ‘pricking’ of the appointee’s name by the Sovereign, a warrant of appointment is sent by the clerk of the Privy Council. The High Sheriff takes up appointment by making a sworn Declaration in terms set out by the Sheriffs Act 1887.

Roles and Responsibilities

Whilst the High Sheriffs were originally responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order (keeping the King’s peace) and collection of taxes within the county, the duties of the current High Sheriffs include attendance at Royal visits and the welfare of His Majesty’s High Court Judges when on Circuit.  In addition High Sheriffs provide support for the law enforcement and crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and the voluntary sector.

The role does not have any remuneration and no part of the expense of the High Sheriff’s year falls on the public purse.


South Yorkshire website: www.southyorkshirehighsheriff.co.uk

I decided to opt to create a dedicated Facebook page under the name of the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire to record some of my engagements during my year of office rather than using the facility of a blog on the High Sheriffs’ Association website. Social media is such a huge part of everyday life that I felt it gave better potential to reach more people than simply using the HSA website. This has proven very successful.  I can monitor the number of post reads and the site is set up so that it may be used by my successors. – John Pickering Esq, High Sheriff 2019/20