Trustee of the Hazelhurst Trust installed as High Sheriff
On Friday 22nd March 2013, Dr Helen Bowcock was installed as the High Sheriff for the county of Surrey, for the 2013 – 2014 year. The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political, Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Whilst the duties of the role have evolved over time, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements of the role today. In addition, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector. Many High Sheriffs also assist local charities working with vulnerable and other people both in endorsing and helping to raise the profile of their valuable work.
Helen’s themes for the year were philanthropy and the social impact of the arts.
The role of High Sheriff is voluntary and entirely self-funded.