Borough Insight

Recognised for serving the local community

Surrey has a new High Sheriff, Dr Julie Llewellyn.

Julie was appointed at the beginning of the month and has already been busy. As representatives of the Queen, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector.

In her first visit to the borough, Julie visited the Water’s Edge, in support of the work undertaken at the youth centre.

Image: High Sheriff at the Waters Edge Youth CentreWhile there, the High Sheriff presented awards to our Councillor Jan Mason and to Serena Powis, who works with the volunteer sector in the borough on behalf of the council. Both were recognised for their key role in the community and doing so much to support Surrey Clubs for Young People and many other organisations within the borough.

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 monarch for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. The first recorded High Sheriff of Surrey was in 1066. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales.

Dr Julie Llewellyn is the tenth woman to hold the historic role within Surrey. Julie’s background is as a diabetic nurse within the NHS. She is chair of the Hambledon Community Fund and vice chair of the Community Foundation for Surrey.

Image: (left to right) Serena Powis, Julie Llewellyn and Jan Mason (picure credit Office of High Sheriff)

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