Welcome to the website for the High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire.
The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political, Royal appointment for the period of one year. It is the oldest secular office in country apart from the monarchy. Today, the role is now largely ceremonial, but carries the status of being the Queen’s highest judicial officer in the county. The role involves a mix of ceremonial, charitable and community functions.
Commenting on his time in office, Graham Barker said: “I am deeply honoured to be this year’s High Sheriff in the Royal County of Berkshire. I have been privileged to serve the Sovereign and people from all walks of life in Berkshire. I am working with the Judiciary, the Police, the Magistracy, the Prison and Probation Services, the Emergency Services, the Armed Forces, Local Authorities and recognised Church and Faith groups. It is also an honour to be the Patron of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trials Competition for schools which, in Berkshire, goes from strength to strength with three schools from Berkshire winning the top three places in last year’s National Finals.
This appointment is a wonderful opportunity to recognise and support the tremendous range of charity and voluntary work that is undertaken by so many people in the County of Berkshire. The three broad themes for my year are Community, Compassion, and Culture. I am supporting initiatives for early intervention to prevent or reduce youth crime and rehabilitation of offenders.”
Graham Barker: email: Barker@berkshirehighsheriff.com
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