In March each year, the Queen appoints a new High Sheriff in Surrey. In theory, this man or woman is the Sovereign’s legal representative in the county. In practice, today it is largely a ceremonial role, but one of the oldest in the land, dating back to Anglo-Saxon times (the name then was ‘Shire Reeve’). The 21st century High Sheriff seeks to support individuals and organisations that uphold the criminal justice system, notably Her Majesty’s Judges.
The High Sheriff has had historic links with law and order since the 10th century. That’s what makes the High Sheriff Youth Awards so important today. They recognise that young people themselves play a key role in helping reduce crime and bad behaviour. By applying for an award to make your community in Surrey safer, you are continuing over 1,000 years of tradition.
The High Sheriff of Surrey for 2021-2022 is Dr Julie Llewelyn. The badge she wears shows a green star with 11 points, one for each borough and district in the county. During her year, Dr Llewelyn will actively promote the work of the High Sheriff Youth Awards throughout the county and the support that the charity provides to projects that help young people make Surrey safer. Additionally, Dr Llewelyn will develop her theme for the year of Every child included and will focus on working with the many people that play a vital part in making sure that Surrey is a county where no child is left behind.
She has instigated an independent study looking at ‘The journey to permanent school exclusion in Surrey’ which is being undertaken by the Royal Holloway University and includes both the most comprehensive data analysis done in recent years and inputs from key stake holders cross the county. Dr Llewelyn will ‘convene and connect’ all those involved at a Summit meeting at the end of June 2021 to develop solutions to the issues related to permanent school exclusion in Surrey. As Vice-chair of the Community Foundation for Surrey and an NHS doctor Dr Llewelyn has seen first hand the value of the third sector and will make visiting charities, particularly those involved in supporting young people, a priority. After the pandemic there is a real need for us all to re-engage with each other and our communities and during her year Dr Llewelyn will use the unique ability that this ancient role has to convene and connect a broad range of people and make a meaningful contribution to life in Surrey.
When members of the Royal Family come to Surrey to visit people, projects and places. Dr Llewelyn is one of those who welcome them. The historic Service for the Judiciary is one of many ceremonial duties during her year as High Sheriff. Wearing the distinctive and traditional High Sheriff’s uniform, she leads a procession of Her Majesty’s judges and magistrates, so maintaining links with the law and order in Surrey that go back more than ten centuries.
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