On Thursday 19th April 2018, Philippa Jane Gee (Pippa) was sworn in as High Sheriff of Staffordshire at Stafford Crown Court in the presence of His Honour Judge Michael Chambers QC, Recorder of Stafford.
As is the custom, outgoing High Sheriff Humphrey Scott-Moncrieff was also in attendance together with friends and family.
The appointment marks the start of a year-long service to Queen and County to support the judiciary, the police and all matters relating to law and order and to keeping Staffordshire safe.
Commenting on her appointment, Pippa said:
“I feel extremely honoured and privileged to serve my County as High Sheriff. It is both daunting and exciting to take on a role which, as the oldest secular office in the United Kingdom after the Crown, has existed for over 1000 years. I will endeavour to fulfill the role to the best of my ability and to follow in the footsteps of my distinguished predecessors.”
“My aim over the year ahead is to support, learn about and promote the work of the judiciary, police and prison services and other agencies involved with crime prevention, particularly among young people. I look forward to getting to know parts of the county that I am not currently familiar with and to meeting many of the hard-working people who keep our statutory organisations and voluntary groups going.”