I am honoured to assume the role of High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight for 2019/2020, following my Declaration Ceremony at the CECAMM building on April 8th 2019. I wanted to hold my Declaration at the CECAMM building because it is a new seat of learning where students can now obtain a degree-level engineering qualification without leaving the Island. I would like to thank my predecessor, Gioia Minghella-Giddens, who has completed a very successful year and I plan to continue the good work of Gioia and many previous high sheriffs, by visiting our schools and colleges, and to spread the word, and hopefully help to raise aspirations.
If young people make the right choices, then the opportunities are out there. The High Sheriff has an important role to play in the community. There is of course a traditional focus on organisations that help to reduce or prevent crime, and I look forward to spending time with our Judiciary, Police and the Prison service. The wider role of the High Sheriff is to Listen, to thank and to encourage people who are doing all sorts of great things to improve the lives of others around them, in whatever way.
I plan to focus on supporting events and organisations where I can have some kind of positive impact I have lived on the Island all my life and the be the High Sheriff of such a beautiful and diverse Isle is an absolute privilege and an honour that I will be eternally grateful for. I am also lucky to have visited and worked in many countries around the world, places often described as paradise. Every time I visit such places I find myself continually comparing them to the Island, and I always come away thinking that the Isle of Wight is still one of the best places on the Planet. And we should celebrate that fact.