The Current High Sheriff

Willie Hartley Russell MVO DL




Willie was born in Reading and has lived all his life in Berkshire. He comes from a long-established Berkshire family who are descended from John Winchcombe (Jack of Newbury) and whose family have lived at Bucklebury since 1540. Willie and his family live there today managing a diversified rural estate and family charitable trust.

Willie has spent his career in the City of London working in investment management. He is a Director of CCLA, the UK’s largest charity investment manager, where he specialises in portfolio management for charities. He serves also on the Board of the M&G Charities Multi Asset Investment Fund and is Chairman of Catholic Church Insurance Association which insures the property assets of Catholic Church in the UK.

Willie is a Vice President of the Berkshire Community Foundation, Patron of the Berkshire County Cricket Club (BCCC) and a member of the Court of the University of Reading. He is Vice Chairman of The Almshouse Association and Chairman of his family’s almshouse charity, Donnington Hospital. He is also Patron of the Lady Frances Winchcombe Charity (Thatcham Bluecoat School)

He was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2011 and a Deputy Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire in September 2016. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oxford Brookes University and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (ACSI).

He lives at Bucklebury House and has three sons and two stepsons. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, riding, supporting London Irish Rugby Club, watching cricket, walking and gardening.


You can read more about the key themes for Willie’s year here