I am the fourth generation of my family to have lived in Berkshire. My Grandfather started farming in the Binfield area just after the Second World War and the family has been farming since.
I originally trained as an engineer and my career has taken me from working within heavy engineering companies to finance and then to the telecoms sector. My most recent position was working at a company supplying communications for the Emergency Services.
I am married with three sons and I run a small farm, consisting of a small arable operation, a horse livery yard and commercial units. I sit on the Thames Valley Police Rural Crime group where we address the issues specific to that area of crime. I have also chaired the Berkshire Branch of the Countryside Land and Business association. I am a trained mediator.
The High Sheriff is an ancient office and I am honoured to be the first High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire to be appointed by His Majesty King Charles III. The Coronation in May will provide an opportunity for charities and voluntary organisations to raise their profile via the “Big Help Out” on Coronation Monday.
Most High Sheriffs have themes which provide a focus as to what they may wish to promote during their Shrieval year. Whilst I have two themes, I will not be limiting my attendance to events on those themes alone and I hope to learn about the work undertaken by a variety of causes and organisations.
My first theme is young people and the law, trying to create a better understanding amongst young people on how the law works and ensuring the law supports young people.
For my second theme I would like to continue my predecessor’s theme of “Hidden Heroes” in the county – those people who quietly, consistently and with little or no fanfare serve their communities, whether it be by looking after the vulnerable in the local neighbourhood or working with established groups or charities.