RICHARD JOHN AMPHLETT
HIGH SHERIFF OF WORCESTERSHIRE 2021-22
Born in 1966, I am the eldest of three children of Philip and Ann Amphlett and was bought up near Ombersley. I have lived in Tenbury Wells for the past 20 years, having spent my early career living and working in London, and have been married to Annabel, an interior designer, for 26 years. We have two sons, George (22) and Patrick (20), who are both currently at university.
Both sides of my family have lived in the county for many generations. My father, now retired, was a chartered surveyor & auctioneer in Bromsgrove and my mother’s family had founded a long-established manufacturing and retailing business in Redditch in the late 1700’s. I was educated in the county up until the age of thirteen; firstly in Bromsgrove and then at Abberley Hall, Great Witley. I then subsequently went to Radley in Oxfordshire, followed by the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
I am managing director of a specialist insurance broking business, Cox Mahon Limited, which celebrates its quarter century in 2021, and am proud to act for a significant number of businesses across Worcestershire. Outside my business commitments, I hold, or have held, a number of charitable posts within the county. At present, I am a trustee of the Abberley Hall Foundation (since 2009) and the Regal Tenbury Trust (since 2013).
My recreational interests are varied. My family has a long-standing connection with Bromsgrove Rugby Club, of which I remain a member. My son, George, has recently become the fourth generation to play for the club. Participating in, or supporting, field sports remains a passion and I have been chairman of the Worcestershire Hunt Club for the past 15 years. My sporting activities are now sadly limited to golf, ‘social’ tennis, skiing and the occasional cycling trip. In addition, having first learnt archery whilst at school, I am a member of the Worcestershire Archery Society, which, for the past 200 years, has met biannually to shoot using traditional long-bows at various locations across our beautiful county.
The Amphlett name is deep-rooted in, and has a long-standing connection with, the county. A number have held the position of High Sheriff over the centuries. In fact, my namesake, held the office in 1780 and William Amphlett held the office on three separate occasions in the early 18th Century. I am honoured to have been appointed High Sheriff and to spend a year in the service of Her Majesty The Queen. I am passionate about Worcestershire – it’s past, present and future. It is a varied, beautiful, diverse and progressive county. Above all, I am proud to call it my home!
In light of the terrible impact that the Covid-19 Pandemic has had on communities, I will be looking to assist as many people and organisations as I can throughout my year in office. In particular, The Worcestershire Community Foundation, as the charitable hub for the whole county, via the High Sheriff’s Fund, to contribute to and promote initiatives that help to heal some of the financial and mental-health scars that the Pandemic has left on communities throughout Worcestershire.