Welcome to the website of the High Sheriff of Worcestershire

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political, Royal appointment for the period of one year. After the monarchy, it is the oldest secular office in country, dating back to before the Norman Conquest. Today, the role is now largely ceremonial but carries the status of being the Queen’s highest judicial officer in the county.  The role involves a mix of ceremonial, charitable, and community functions.

I am extremely honoured and proud to have assumed the role on Thursday 8th April 2021, having made my declaration of office as High Sheriff for the County of Worcestershire and the County of the City of Worcester in the presence of the Honourable Mr. Justice Pepperall in the Shirehall, Worcester.

I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Mark Jackson, for his tireless work (both physically and virtually) in supporting communities and organizations across the county throughout the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Clearly, the Pandemic is far from over and its effects, directly and indirectly, will impact us all for many years. With this in mind, I will be looking to seek out and assist individuals, communities, and organizations across Worcestershire that are in particular need as a result of the effects of the pandemic. The impact on people’s mental health, and its resulting consequences, is of particular personal concern and I will be aiming to shine a positive light in supporting mental health charities, organizations, and initiatives assisting all age groups and communities throughout our county. During my year in office, I will be working closely with the Worcestershire Community Foundation, as the charitable hub for the whole county, who host the High Sheriff’s Fund.

Please do contact me if you or your organization would like to discuss how I might assist you directly or if you have any ideas or suggestions on how I may assist others in need.

Richard Amphlett
High Sheriff of Worcestershire 2021-22