An important role as High Sheriff is to lend support to church and faith groups. I am a Hindu and have appointed Pandit Naresh Saraswat as one of my chaplains.
Pandit Naresh has been the priest at the Slough Hindu Temple for almost 25 years.
He was educated in India where he obtained a Masters in physics. He learned the rituals of Hinduism from his father and grandfather, both of whom were priests.
He is also a trained Neuro Linguistic Programming ( NLP) and a Reiki and pranic healer.
I have also appointed Reverend Ainsley Swift who is the Vicar of St Michael’s Church in Bray.
Ainsley was born and bred in Liverpool. He originally trained to be a teacher and then had a career in Community Development with a number of social justice projects including working for The Church of England Children’s Society; all in the Liverpool area.
He was ordained in the Church of England in 1994 after training at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford. He has been ministering in the Parishes covering central Windsor for 20 years, taking the position as the Vicar of Bray in 2018.