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March 2015
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and undertook a number of engagements during of the month of March. This included visits to Metropolitan Police Fire Arms Training Unit, the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey and School 21 in Stratford; attending services at Westminster Abbey for the 50th Anniversary of the reorganisation of Local Government in London and for Commonwealth Day; and a reception for the Army Engagement team at Ealing Town Hall. In addition the High Sheriff hosted a reception for the Clean Break Charity; spoke at the Royal Overseas Club luncheon and at the Lambeth Head Teachers National Conference and presented awards at the Annual Crimebeat Awards ceremony. The highlight of the month was the presentation of at the High Sheriff Awards at Blackfriars Crown Court.

2nd The High Sheriff accompanied by the Lady Sheriff undertook a visit to the Metropolitan Police Fire Arms Training Unit and completed a full tour of the training establishment, including visiting the armoury and trying some of the firearms training equipment, which was followed by a long discussion with the Chief Inspector Paul Thornhill.

3rd The High Sheriff met with Deb Bourner head of fundraising at the Handmade Alliance to provide advice and guidance on potential funders for the Alliance. Handmade Alliance is a social enterprise working with ex-offenders, prisoners and with other social enterprises.

3rd The High Sheriff met with Luqman Ali of the Khayaal which is a multi-award-winning theatre and drama education company dedicated to the exploration of Muslim world literature and the experience of Muslims in the modern world for the stage, radio and screen.

5th The High Sheriff met with Gareth Dixon and Pablo Blackwood of QPR Sport in the Community Trust who work with 11 – 25-year-olds who are either involved with all can be potentially drawn into the criminal justice system.

5th The High Sheriff met with Chair Patrick Regan and Founder Richard Furze of the XLP Charity which operates at the cutting edge of urban youth work and now serves young people in schools and communities across seven inner-London boroughs.

6th The High Sheriff visited School 21 in in Stratford, east London, toured the school with Executive Headmaster Peter Hyman and spoke to the children at assembly about the historic role of the High Sheriff.

8th The High Sheriff attended an Evensong Service at Westminster Abbey to mark the 50th Anniversary of the reorganisation of Local Government in London and the founding of the London Boroughs.

9th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended An Observance for Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

9th The High Sheriff attended a Reception and Briefing by The Army Engagement Team at Ealing Town Hall at the invitation of Major General EA Smyth-Osbourne CBE General Officer Commanding London District.

10th The High Sheriff accompanied by the Lady Sheriff hosted a fund raising dinner for the Clean Break charity at the House of St Barnabas attended by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. Clean Break is a theatre company with an independent education programme who provide high-quality theatre-based courses, qualifications, training opportunities and specialist support for the rehabilitation of women offenders in prisons and the community.

11th The High Sheriff attended the National Crimebeat Awards Ceremony and presented a winning award to the Merseyside ‘Emotions Project which engaged in devising, scripting, choreographing and acting in a play which showcased bullying, sexting, gun and knife crime, loneliness and alcoholism to make other young people aware of these dangers. To date, they have performed their show and carried the message on how to stay safe to over 2,300 young people in different venues.

13th The High Sheriff gave a speech at the Lambeth Headteachers Annual Conference in Brighton regarding the role of education both academic and vocational in the rehabilitation of offenders caught in the criminal justice system.

17th The High Sheriff attended the National Education Trusts 9th annual Mike Baker Lecture at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple given by Tony Little, Head Master of Eton College.

18th The High Sheriff was joined by the Honourable Mr Justice Spencer A Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit, Ms Helen King Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Police, Sir David Brewer The Lord Lieutenant, and Resident Judge His Honour Judge Hillen at the High Sheriff Awards ceremony which took place at Blackfriars Crown Court.

19th The High Sheriff met with Claire Hubberstey Chief Executive of the Safer London Foundation who are an Independent and pan-London charity who provide support for young people affected by crime and violence through specialist programmes.

23rd The High Sheriff was the Guest of Honour and Speaker at the Royal Over-Seas League quarterly Central Council luncheon.

27th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended an event hosted by the XLP Charity in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

31st The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff joined City of London Alderman and Sheriff Dr Andrew Parmley for lunch with Her Majesty’s Judges at the Central Criminal Court Old Bailey in the City of London.

Picture Lady Sheriff takes aim at Met Police Arms Training Unit.


The High Sheriff with Peter Hyman Headmaster of School 21.


The High Sheriff at Westminster Abbey.


The High Sheriff with the Mayor of Ealing and Colonel Stephen Cartwright.


The High Sheriff with Baroness Helena Kennedy at an event for Clean Break.


The High Sheriff presenting an award to the National Crimebeat winners.


The High Sheriff with the Lord Lieutenant and recipient at the High Sheriff Awards.


The High Sheriff with recipient guest at the High Sheriff Awards.


The High Sheriff with Assistant Commissioner Helen King at the High Sheriff Awards.


The High Sheriff with Mr Justice Spencer and a recipient at the High Sheriff Awards.


The High Sheriff enjoying a Guinness on St Patricks Day.


The High Sheriff at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day.


The High Sheriff with The Mayor of Lambeth and Bishop of Southwark at the XLP event.


The High Sheriff receiving Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff with Sheriff from the City of London at the Old Bailey.


February 2015
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and undertook a number of visits during of the month of February. This included visits to Wandworth Prison, Woolwich Crown Court, Bethnal Green Police Station and Thames Magistrates Court. The High Sheriff chaired a panel discussion on “Improving the courts response to Domestic Violence” at the Centre for Justice Innovations Better Courts 2015 National Conference and hosted an awareness raising event at The Nehemiah Project in Tooting. The High Sheriff also attended A Solemn Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz at Westminster Abbey and attended a reception at the Bangladesh High Commission, on the occasion of the Presentation of Credentials to Her Majesty The Queen of the new High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, H.E. Md. Adbul Hannan.

1st The High Sheriff attended A Solemn Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz at Westminster Abbey.

4th The High Sheriff chaired a panel discussion on “Improving the courts response to Domestic Violence” at the Centre for Justice Innovations Better Courts 2015 National Conference. The High Sheriff was joined on the panel by Nicole Jacobs, Chief Executive of Standing Together, Liberty Aldrich, Director of Domestic Violence & Family Court Programs, Centre for Court Innovation, and Mhairi McGowan, the Head of Service, Glasgow Domestic Violence Court.

4th The High Sheriff met with the Lord Lieutenant of London Sir David Brewer CMG JP at Lieutenancy Office Whitehall to discuss the nomination for the position of High Sheriff in 2019/20.

5th The High Sheriff met with Marina Cantacuzino Founder of The Forgiveness Project which uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore concepts of forgiveness, and to encourage people to consider alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge.

9th The High Sheriff visited Handmade Alliance and met with the Chief Executive Mairi Duthie. Handmade Alliance is a social enterprise working with ex-offenders, prisoners and with other social enterprises and is founded on a desire to help prisoners learn through making, and to give practical and emotional support to help them reintegrate into society on release.

10th The High Sheriff met with Prof Sean Duggan and Lady Elizabeth Vallance of the Centre for Mental Health which aims to help to create a society in which people with mental health problems enjoy equal chances in life to those without.

10th The High Sheriff attended the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's Excellence in Total Policing Awards Ceremony.

11th The High Sheriff attended a reception at the Bangladesh High Commission, on the occasion of the Presentation of Credentials to Her Majesty The Queen of the new High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, H.E. Md. Adbul Hannan.

11th The High Sheriff hosted the High Sheriff of Greater London Quarterly Meeting attended by past and future High Sheriff.

12th The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff and Under Sheriff visited Woolwich Crown Court sitting with resident Judge Christopher Kinch QC on the bench and joining the other judges for lunch. This was followed by a long visit to the Courts custody suite including viewing the prisoner custody transport vehicles.

24th The High Sheriff met with Chris and Sally Eaton Founders of Laser Learning who are developing an on line education platform for use inside prisons.

25th The High Sheriff hosted an awareness raising event at The Nehemiah Project in Tooting who give men who have a genuine desire to change the opportunity to address their addictive and criminal behaviour patterns in structured and supportive housing accommodation and make new and informed decisions about the future.

26th The High Sheriff visited Bethnal Green Police Station and Thames Magistrates Court with Together UK to view how people with mental health problems progress through the police and court systems.

27th The High Sheriff together with the Paul Cowley MBE, High Sheriffs Chaplain visited Wandsworth prison and spent a good deal of time with the prison chaplaincy hearing about the work of The Sycamore Tree Trust; visiting the Vulnerable Person Wing and talking to the prisoner officer staff; and finally had a good discussion over a sandwich lunch with the Governing Governor Kenny Brown and members of his senior management team.


A Solemn Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz at Westminster Abbey.


The High Sheriff at Westminster Abbey.


The High Sheriff with H.E. Md. Adbul Hannan the Bangladesh High Commission.


Sir Bernard Hogan Howe at the Commissioner's Excellence in Total Policing Awards Ceremony.


The High Sheriff with staff and tenants of The Nehemiah Project Tooting.


Bernal Green Police Station.


The High Sheriff trying one of the prisoner custody transport vehicles at Woolwich Crown Court.


January 2015
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and undertook a number of visits during of the month of January. This included visits to the Westminster Coroner`s Court, Snaresbrook Crown Court and the Family Drug and Alcohol Court. The High Sheriff also attended the Metropolitan Police Passing Out Parade at Hendon and the Volunteer Police Cadets Awards Ceremony. Further the High Sheriff hosted a lunch for XLP Charity at The Clink HMP Brixton and hosted and spoke at a reception held at the High Commission for the Republic of Cyprus, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Student House by The Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship attended by the Cyprus High Commissioner, other High Commissioners and dignitaries. Finally the High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff enjoyed a visit to Scotland Yard’s Museum of Crime AKA “The Black Museum”.

6th The High Sheriff accompanied by The Rev Father Roger Reader the Catholic Bishops' Prisons Adviser, visited Caritas Anchor House which is a residential and life skills centre for single homeless people based in the East End of London meeting with Director Keith Fernett, Director of Policy & Partnerships Linda Maytum-Wilson and Development Manager Roland Hayes KHS.

7th The High Sheriff accompanied by The Lady Sheriff visited the Westminster Coroner`s Court. They toured the offices meeting a number of members of staff and the High Sheriff sat on the bench with HM Coroner for Inner west London Dr Fiona J Wilcox during a hearing.

8th The High Sheriff met with John Patience of The Nehemiah Project to discuss hosting a fund and profile raising event to promote the work of the charity which helps ex-offenders with accommodation and support upon release.

8th The High Sheriff accompanied by The Lady Sheriff visited Snaresbrook Crown Court and enjoyed a lively discussion over lunch with the Judges.

9th The High Sheriff accompanied by The Lady Sheriff attended the Metropolitan Police Passing Out Parade at Hendon.

12th The High Sheriff met with Iain Cassidy of Friendship Works Charity to discuss hosting a fund and profile raising event to support the work of the charity.

14th The High Sheriff met with Jonathan Freeman Managing Director of Mosaic which was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, and inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential.

15th The High Sheriff attended the London Government Dinner given by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Alan Yarrow at The Mansion House.

19th The High Sheriff met with Mr Nick Hardwick CBE Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons to discuss the conditions of London’s prisons. Her Majesty Independent inspectorate reports on conditions for and treatment of those in prisons, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities.

19th the High Sheriff attended the Volunteer Police Cadets Awards Ceremony held at The London Oratory School.

22nd The High Sheriff met with Lee Williams Founder of Young Gamblers Education Trust who inform, educate & safeguard young people against problematic gambling.

22nd The High Sheriff met with the London Air Ambulance Charity to discuss ways in which the Office can support the launch of their forthcoming campaign for a second helicopter.

22nd The High Sheriff hosted a lunch at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton for XLP; a registered charity at the cutting edge of urban youth work in the UK, started by Patrick Regan in Peckham, South London, in 1996 after a stabbing in a school playground.

26th The High Sheriff visited the award-winning Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) and sat with District Judge Kenneth Grant. This is the first project of its kind in the UK and was launched in January 2008. FDAC is a new way of dealing with care proceedings when parental substance misuse causes harm to children. FDAC aims to help parents stabilise or stop using drugs and /or alcohol and, where possible, keep families together.

27th The High Sheriff hosted a round table lunch at The House of St Barnabas to discuss “In what ways are we currently failing survivors of childhood sexual abuse and what are the solutions?” attended by a range of funders, practitioners and the Children's Commissioner, Sue Berelowitz.

27th The High Sheriff had a very positive meet with The End Domestic Violence Youth Council to review their business plan and discuss the next stage in their progress.

27th The High Sheriff hosted and spoke at a reception held at the High Commission for the Republic of Cyprus, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Student House by The Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship attended by the Cyprus High Commissioner, other High Commissioners and dignitaries.

29th The High Sheriff attended The Anna Frank Trust annual lunch at the Hilton Hotel Park lane to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

30th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff visited Scotland Yard’s Museum of Crime aka The Black Museum as guests of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

30th The High Sheriff Chaired a meeting of the 2019/20 High Sheriff nomination subcommittee along with the Under Sheriff and Retired Judge John Samuels QC.


The High Sheriff with HM Coroner for Inner West London Dr Fiona J Wilcox at Westminster Coroner`s Court.


The High Sheriff visited Snaresbrook Crown Court.


The High Sheriff and The Lady Sheriff attended the Metropolitan Police Passing Out Parade at Hendon.


The High Sheriff with “the youngest recruit” at the Metropolitan Police Passing Out Parade.


The High Sheriff attended the London Government Dinner with The Lord Mayor of the City of London at The Mansion House.


The High Sheriff attended the Volunteer Police Cadets Awards Ceremony.


The High Sheriff with Ms Kate Quigley Ruby at a discussion lunch for the One in Four charity attended by the Children's Commissioner, Sue Berelowitz.”


The High Sheriff with Mr Lynn Hopkins Chair of The Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship at a reception held at the Cyprus High Commission.


The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff visited Scotland Yard’s Museum of Crime aka The Black Museum.


December 2014
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and undertook a number of visits during of the month of December before the traditional Christmas holiday period commenced. These included hosting a lunch at the Clink restaurant HMP Brixton for The Howard League for Penal Reform; attending the citizenship ceremonies at Tower Hamlet and Westminster City Councils; visits to the Metropolitan police Trident and Homicide teams and also to the Law Commission and the London Air Ambulance. In addition The High Sheriff spoke at St James Senior Girls School assembly and gave a reading at the Shelter Charity Christmas carol concert held at St Martin in the Fields.

1st The High Sheriff met with Gilberto Algar-Faria Director of the Oldfield Charitable Trust which is interested in reducing offending and reoffending in Kent and the wider UK, amongst other programmes of positive social change.

1st The High Sheriff hosted a fund raising lunch for the Howard League for Penal Reform at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton.

1st The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff enjoyed Christmas drinks in the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs’ Dining Room at The Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, with the Recorder of London, The Common Sergeant of London and Her Majesty’s Judges.

2nd The High Sheriff met with District Judge (Retired) Nick Crichton LLB CBE to discuss his work in London with Family and Drugs Courts and the role of Community Courts in the criminal justice system.

3rd The High Sheriff accompanied the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr John Ludgate at a London Borough of Tower Hamlets Citizenship Ceremony presentation which took place at the Bromley Public Hall.

5th The High Sheriff gave a talk to the assembly on the history and role of the High Sheriff to the St James Senior Girls School.

5th The High Sheriff met with Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Haydon, Head of Trident and Area Crime Command, and members of his team at the Metropolitan Police Scotland Yard to discuss the work of Trident in with gangs in London.

9th The High Sheriff met with Heather Phillips Chief Executive Officer of Singing Works, a charity who runs choirs inside prisons.

9th The High Sheriff met with Baille Aaron Executive Director of Spark Inside, a charity who help young people involved in the criminal justice system to proactively create fulfilling and productive futures through life coaching.

9th The High Sheriff met with Penelope Gibbs Director of Transform Justice which is a national charity working for a fair, humane, open and effective justice system.

10th The High Sheriff together with the Under Sheriff and Retired Judge John Samuels QC met with a shortlisted candidate for the nomination for the position of High Sheriff in 2019/20.

11th The High Sheriff visited London’s Air Ambulance at the Royal London Hospital. The charity delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, serving the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25.

15th The High Sheriff accompanied the Lord Mayor of Westminster at a London Borough of Westminster Citizenship Ceremony presentation which took place at Banqueting House on Whitehall.

16th The High Sheriff visited the Metropolitan Police Homicide & Major Crime Command Room at Hendon and spent time with Detective Superintendent Carl Mehta and his team to learn about the extensive nature and responsibility of the Division.

17th The High Sheriff hosted a lunch with the High Sheriff in Nomination for Kent Mr William Alexander and his wife Caroline at the Clink restaurant in Brixton Prison and was joined by the Chief Executive of Clink Mr Christopher Moore.

17th The High Sheriff carried out a visit to the Law Commission and met with the Chairman of the Commission The Rt. Hon. Sir David Lloyd Jones and the Chief Executive Elaine Lorimer.

17th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended the Shelter Charity carol concert held at St Martin in the Fields and the High Sheriff gave a reading of Isaiah chapter 58 verses 6-12.


The High Sheriff accompanied the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr John Ludgate at a London Borough of Tower Hamlets Citizenship Ceremony presentation.


The High Sheriff with Development Director Mark Davies at London’s Air Ambulance at the Royal London Hospital.


The High Sheriff and the Lord Mayor of Westminster at a Westminster Citizenship Ceremony presentation
at Banqueting House Whitehall.



The High Sheriff and the Lord Mayor of Westminster with New British citizens.


The High Sheriff giving a reading at the Shelter Charity carol concert
held at St Martin in the Fields.


November 2014
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and undertook a number of visits during of the month of November. Further the High Sheriff completed a number of speaking engagements including at the Diversity and Domestic Violence Roundtable event hosted by BNP Paribas, the Annual Prison Ministry Conference, the Prisoners Education Trusts Annual Lecture given by Michael Spur Head of NOMS, and the Prison Advice Service Annual Lecture given by the Lord Ramsbotham. The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff visited Heathrow Police, Westminster Police, the Metropolitan Police Marine Unit, the Police Directorate of Professional Standards, and HMP Brixton and HMP Holloway.

The highlight of the month was when The High Sheriff hosted Nils Oberg, Director of Swedish Prisons and Probation Service, Linda Romanus Nils Oberg's Chief of Staff, Juliet Lyon Director of Prison Reform Trust, and Alison Hannah Head of Prison Reform International for lunch at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton and discussed issues relating to the Swedish and British prison services.

1st The High Sheriff attended the Annual Civic Service at Ealing Unite Synagogue along with the Mayor of Ealing, Ealing Council Leader and local Members of Parliament.

3rd The High Sheriff met with Robert Posner & Sheriff Dibba of the Anne Frank Trust to discuss their work and the possibility of holding an opinion forming event.

3rd The High Sheriff met with Danny Kruger of the Only Connect charity which a crime prevention charity who are providing a positive community – including training, support and creative opportunities – for young people at risk, prisoners and ex-offenders.

4th The High Sheriff met with Martin O’Brien founder of The Ten Ten Theatre Company which is an award-winning theatre company working in primary schools, secondary schools, young offender institutions, parishes, community venues and theatres throughout the UK. Established since 2007, the charity has produced an 11-year programme in Relationship Education for children in primary schools, young people and teenagers in secondary schools, their parents and teachers.

4th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attend a gala dinner for the Pancreatic Cancer Action charity held at Vintner’s Hall in the City of London.

5th The High Sheriff attended The High Sheriffs Association of England & Wales 43rd Annual General Meeting held at Fishmongers Hall in the City of London.

5th The High Sheriff attended and spoke on the issue of domestic violence at a Diversity and Domestic Violence Roundtable event hosted by BNP Paribas.

7th The High Sheriff attended the Greater London Authority Remembrance Service at City Hall in the presence of Mayor Boris Johnson.

7th The High Sheriff attended and was a speaker at the Annual Prison Ministry Conference held at the Holy Trinity Brompton in South Kensington and organised by the William Wilberforce Trust and the Caring for Ex-Offenders charity.

9th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended a Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving on Remembrance Sunday at Westminster Abbey. The service was conducted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster.

12th The High Sheriff accompanied by the Lady Sheriff attended the Nomination Ceremony for incoming High Sheriffs in the Lord Chief Justice’s Court at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand.

12th The High Sheriff attended the weekly meeting of Ealing Police cadets, conducted the inspection on parade and talked to the Police Cadets about the history and role of the High Sheriff.

13th The High Sheriff visited the Nehemiah residential Project in Tooting. The project has over twenty years' experience of working with men who have got caught up in the cycle of alcohol, drugs and crime. They give men who have a genuine desire to change the opportunity to address their addictive and criminal behaviour patterns in a structured and supportive environment and make new and informed decisions about the future.

13th The High Sheriff visited Westminster Police station and went on patrol with the Leicester Square, Soho, China Town teams as well as visited a large estate in the south of the borough.

13th The High Sheriff attended the Clean Break production of Henry V at the Donmar Warehouse theatre. Clean Break work through theatre with ex-offenders to highlight issues around the complex theme of women and crime.

14th The High Sheriff accompanied by the Lady Sheriff carried out an official visit to the Metropolitan Police Marine Unit at Wapping. This included a tour of the Marine unit museum and a trip along the Thames in the police launch.

17th The High Sheriff, The Lady Sheriff and the High Sheriffs Chaplain undertook a visit to HM Holloway women's prison and were accompanied by the prison Governor Julia Killick. The team were particularly impressed with the range and extent of activities on offer to the inmates.

17th The High Sheriff introduced the speaker Mr. Michael Spurr Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Scheme and chaired the panel discussion at the Prisoners Education Trusts annual lecture at the offices of Clifford Chance in Canary Wharf.

18th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff undertook a visit to Heathrow Police Station and toured the airport as well as visiting the custody suite, armoury and incident rooms at the station.

18th The High Sheriff undertook a visit to the Metropolitan Police Directorate of Professional Standards and learned all about the teams work with disciplinary actions and investigations against police corruption.

20th The High Sheriff attended the City of London Solicitors’ Company Livery Dinner held at Stationers Hall in the City of London as a guest of the Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors.

24th The High Sheriff met with Deborah Coles Co-Director of Inquest Charity which is the only organisation in England and Wales that provides a specialist, comprehensive advice service to bereaved people, lawyers, other advice and support agencies, the media, MPs and the wider public on contentious deaths and their investigation.

25th The High Sheriff attended a private lunch organised by Centre for Social Justice where Robert Wainwright, Director-General of Europol, and Fiona Cunningham, former Special Adviser to the Home Secretary were guest speakers on the subject of modern slavery and human trafficking.

25th The High Sheriff introduced the Prisoners` Advice Service 2014 lecture: “What price imprisonment?” given by the Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE at the City offices of Herbert Smith Freehills.

26th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff completed a very enjoyable and informative visit to HMP Brixton and was given a tour of establishment by the prison governor Mr Ed Tullett, taking in the training/rehabilitation projects at the Keep Out charity: the barbershop: The Clink Restaurant and the Bounce Back training facility. They saw the offender management unit, the drugs testing unit, chaplaincy and visited a landing in A block speaking to both inmates and prison officers.

27th The High Sheriff hosted Nils Oberg, Director of Swedish Prisons and Probation Service, Linda Romanus, Nils Oberg's Chief of Staff, Juliet Lyon, Director of Prison Reform Trust, and Alison Hannah, Head of Prison Reform International for lunch at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton and discussed issues relating to the Swedish and British prison services.

28th The High Sheriff chaired a meeting of the panel reviewing nominations for the position of High Sheriff of Greater London in 2019. The panel comprised current, past and future High Sheriffs, the Lord Lieutenant, The Under Sheriff, an Assistance Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and a retired Judge and QC.


The High Sheriff with Mr Christopher Biggins at a gala dinner for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Charity.


The Greater London Authority Remembrance Service at City Hall with Mayor Boris Johnson.


The High Sheriff and The Lady Sheriff at a Service of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.


The High Sheriff And The Queen's Remembrancer at the Nomination Ceremony for incoming High Sheriffs at the Royal Courts of Justice.


The High Sheriff and the Lady Sheriff with the Metropolitan Police Marine Unit.

The High Sheriff, The Lady Sheriff and the High Sheriffs Chaplain on a visit to HM Holloway women's prison 


The High Sheriff with Mr. Michael Spurr Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Scheme and the panel discussion at the Prisoners Education Trusts annual lecture.


The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff on a visit to Heathrow Police Station and airport.


The High Sheriff with Lord Ramsbotham and PAS Chair at The Prisoners` Advice Service 2014 lecture.


The High Sheriff with Nils Oberg, Director of Swedish Prisons and Probation Service, and Juliet Lyon, Director of Prison Reform Trust at HMP Brixton.


October 2014
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events during of the month of October. In particular the High Sheriff undertook a number of speaking engagements including for the Ealing Youth Council, the Together for Mental Wellbeing charity, and the Barry Mizen Foundation conference. Further The High Sheriff hosted a number of events at the Clink restaurant HMP Brixton in particular for the Centre for Criminal Appeals, the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, and the Prison Reform Trust.

The highlight of the month was when The High Sheriff accompanied by the Lady Sheriff presented the High Sheriff Award Certificates at the Supreme Court in Parliament Square. In attendance were the President of the Supreme Court The Rt Hon the Lord Neuberger, the Deputy President of the Supreme Court, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, a number of Resident Judges from the London Crown Courts, the Under Sheriff of Greater London and four previous High Sheriffs of Great London.

1st The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff attended a Service for the Opening of the Legal Year at Westminster Abbey in the presence of the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice, the President and Justices of the Supreme Court, and other Judges and Members of the Legal Profession.

2nd The High Sheriff carried out a visit to Brent Civic Centre and met with the Leader of the Council Cllr. Muhammed Butt and the Mayor.

2nd The High Sheriff met with London Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh; Samantha Cunningham of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime; Taiba Razwan and Charlie Michael of the Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence Youth Council and Phil Bowen of the Centre for Justice innovation to discuss a joint project on the treatment of domestic violence in London’s courts.

3rd The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended a Service for the Judiciary in Guildford Surrey and joined the possession through the town led by The High Sheriff of Surrey Mr Peter Lee.

6th The High Sheriff met with Jo Scott Director of HEALarious whose aim is to take live comedy for adults into hospitals, hospices, residential care homes, teenage cancer wards, army rehabilitation centres, women's refuges and other places where laughter is sometimes hard to come by.

6th The High Sheriff met with Charlotte Hogg of The Caerus Partnership and discussed a number of exciting projects with she is pursuing.

6th The High Sheriff met with Lucy Perman of Clean Break Charity who are a long-established theatre-based education and training company who enable women offenders and those at risk of offending to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills leading to education and employment.

8th The High Sheriff hosted a lunch at the Clink restaurant HMP Brixton for the Centre for Criminal Appeals charity.

9th The High Sheriff met with Victoria Sloan of Shelter to discuss their plans for working with prisons and new providers under the Governments transforming rehabilitation programme.

9th The High Sheriff met with Roger Blackman Chief Executive & Founder of the Reasons Why community interest company who deliver workshops to empower people with deep routed problems to find work.

9th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended and spoke at a lunch at the Clink restaurant HMP Brixton held by the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith to highlight their work with young people in West London.

9th The High Sheriff attended and spoke at the launch of a research report “A working partnership: an analysis of the relationship between probation in London and Together for mental Wellbeing charity” at the Southwark Cathedral.

15th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff were taken on a tour of the Supreme Court building in Parliament Square by Jenny Rowe, the Chief Executive officer of the Supreme Court.

15th The High Sheriff accompanied by the Lady Sheriff presented the High Sheriff Award Certificates at the Supreme Court in Parliament Square. In attendance were the President of the Supreme Court The Rt Hon the Lord Neuberger, the Deputy President of the Supreme Court, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, a number of Resident Judges from the London Crown Courts, the Under Sheriff of Greater London and four previous High Sheriffs of Great London.

16th The High Sheriff sat on the panel of a Question Time event organised by the Ealing Youth Council as part of the Local Democracy Week.

21st The High Sheriff met with Edward Boyd and Susannah Prins from The Centre for Social Justice to learn more about their work and the possibility of working together during the remainder of the High Sheriff's year.

22nd The High Sheriff hosted a Jeffersonian dinner on behalf of the African Prisons Project run by its Founder and Director General the inspirational Alexandra McLean with food provided by Comfort`s Kitchen, a non-profit catering enterprise run by refugees escaping cruelty.

23rd The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff and the Under Sheriff attended the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London’s annual reception the Mayor's Parlour, Kensington Town Hall.

23rd The High Sheriff attended the Centre for Social Justice annual awards at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Victoria in the presence of its founder the Right Honourable Ian Duncan Smith Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

28th The High Sheriff hosted the launch of Prison Reform Trusts 10th annual Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile at the Clink Restaurant in HMP Brixton. The briefings contain a wealth of statistical information of use to politicians, civil servants and the judiciary relating to the English and Welsh prisons.

29th The High Sheriff joined the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor and Sir Bernard Hogan Howe Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and spoke at the Tackling Youth Homicide conference arranged by the Jimmy Mizen Foundation.


The High Sheriff attended a Service for the Opening of the Legal Year at Westminster Abbey in the 
presence of the Lord Chancellor.




The High Sheriff with the leader and Mayor of Brent Council.


The High Sheriff in joined the possession through the town at a Service for the Judiciary in Guildford Surrey.


The High Sheriff with The High Sheriff of Surrey Mr Peter Lee.


The High Sheriff presenting the High Sheriff Award Certificates at the Supreme Court with the President 
and Deputy of the Supreme Court, The Lord Lieutenant, and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.



The High Sheriff with Sir Bernard Hogan Howe Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and 
Barry Mizen MBE at the Tackling Youth Homicide conference.



The High Sheriff speaking at the Tackling Youth Homicide conference.


September 2014
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events during of the month of September. These included visits to Wood Green Court and the Hammersmith Special Domestic Violence Court; together with the Lady Sheriff hosting two lunches at the Clink restaurant HMP Brixton on behalf of the Prisoners Advise and Care Trust and The William Wilberforce Trust; arranging and attending with the Lady Sheriff a lunch on behalf of the Prisoners Education Trust at Sotheby’s; a visit with the Lady Sheriff to the Met Police Air Support Unit including taking in a helicopter flight over London; and speaking at the launch event for the End Domestic Violence Global Foundation Youth Council at the House of Lords,

2nd The High Sheriff met with Prof Sean Duggan Chief Executive of the Centre for Mental Health to discuss issues relating to people with mental problems in the criminal justice system.

2nd The High Sheriff attended the presentation of an Honorary PDSA Dickin Medal to World War 1 recipient Warrior at the Imperial War Museum.

3rd The High Sheriff accompanied by the Under Sheriff carried out an official visit to Wood Green Crown Court. During the visit the High Sheriff and Under Sheriff spent time with the court officers and volunteers. Meetings with the mental health team, witness support group, the Listing team, general administration, probabtion and custody suite team were undertaken. The visit was hosted by His Hon Judge Lyons, CBE who invited the High Sheriff and Under Sheriff to join him on the Bench to watch the Court proceedings. In addition lunch was held with all of the Judges when there was an opportunity for an open discussion regarding the court and judiciary.

3rd The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff a dinner at the Guildhall organised by The Association of Muslim Police Officers to celebrate the occasion of Eid.

4th The High Sheriff met with Mr John Rodwell Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the London Borough of Ealing to discuss ways of working together in Ealing in the year ahead.

5th The High Sheriff accompanied by the Lady Sheriff together with the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea and other dignitaries attended a Ceremony to mark the action on the 1st September 1914 which led to the award of the Victoria Cross to Battery Sargent Major George Thomas Dorrell, VC at the Kensington War Memorial.

8th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff hosted a lunch at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton to promote the launch by PACT (Prisoners Advise and Care Trust) of The Charter for Children and Young people with a Family Member in Prison.

10th The High Sheriff met with Mr Finlay Scott Chair of The Clink Charity which runs high class fine dining training restaurants located inside prisons but open to the general public.

11th The High Sheriff together with Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Mr Stephen Greenhalgh and Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council Mr Steven Cowan carried out an official visit to The Hammersmith Specialist Domestic Violence Court where they meet with representatives from the court and Sally Jackson of the Standing Together domestic violence charity.

11th The High Sheriff met with Marie Snelling from the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime and Phil Bowen from the Centre for Justice Innovation, to discuss a possible round table seminar with judges and practitioners to discuss new forms of innovation and good practice in the Courts.

16th The High Sheriff joined The High Sheriff of Surrey Mr Peter Lee on a tour of the University of Surreys new sports facilities at the Surrey Sports Park.

17th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff hosted a fund raising lunch at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton on behalf on The William Wilberforce Trust who work through local churches to confront injustice and poverty and care for those in need. They run projects that tackle the needs of the vulnerable and marginalised in the community, and help to resource and equip churches around the UK and the world to support those in their communities.

17th The High Sheriff met with Steve Freer and Valdemar of Leeds based Tempusnovo who work to link employers and prison inmates with work on their release thus helping to break the cycle of crime through employment.

18th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff organised and attended a lunch hosted by Sotheby’s in their private Board Room in Bond Street for the Prisoners Education Trust.

18th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended a reception by Macmillan Cancer Support to launch a Celebration of World’s Biggest Coffee Morning hosted by Mr Stephen Fry.

19th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff carried out a formal visit to the Metropolitan Police MPS Air Support Unit in Loughton and enjoyed an excellent day meeting with members of the helicopter unit team and joining a helicopter flight patrol over London.

22nd The High Sheriff met with The Rev Fr Roger Reader, the Catholic Bishops’ Prisons Adviser to discuss issues relating to the role of Chaplaincy in the Prison Estate.

22nd The High Sheriff met with Rachael Takens-Milne of the Trust for London who exists to reduce poverty and inequality in London.

23rd The High Sheriff attended the Koestler Trust prisoner art exhibition "Catching Dreams" at the Royal Festival Hall. The Koestler Trust are the UK's best-known prison arts charity and have been awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients for over 50 years.

24th The High Sheriff attended the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's quarterly stakeholders’ evening at New Scotland Yard.

30th The High Sheriff met with Iain Cassidy of Friendship Works, a charity offering mentoring support to help children and young people who are having problems growing up in their home and social environment.

30th The High Sheriff attended and spoke at the Induction event for End Domestic Violence Global Foundation Youth Council held at the House of Lords Chaired by the Baroness Scotland.




The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff meet with the Victims Support Team at Wood Green Court.


The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attend the Association of Muslim Police Officers Eid Dinner.


The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attend a ceremony to mark the award of a VC to a First World War solider.


The High Sheriff speaking at a lunch at Clink HMP Brixton on behalf of Prisoners' Advise and Care Trust.


The High Sheriff, Deputy Lindon Mayor and Leader of Hammersmith Council on a visit to the
Hammersmith Domestic Violence Court.



The High Sheriff joined The High Sheriff of Surrey Mr Peter Lee on a tour of the University of Surrey's
new sports facilities at the Surrey Sports Park.



The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff with the CEO of the William Wilberforce Trust and his wife at a
lunch at Clink HMP Brixton.



The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended a reception by Macmillan Cancer Support to launch 
the 2014 Coffee Morning hosted by Mr Stephen Fry.



The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff on a visit to the Metropolitan Police MPS Air Support Unit.


August 2014
Begin the holiday season The High Sheriff held fewer meetings and attended fewer events than in previous months. However there were some very interesting and high profile occasions around the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war. These included The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attending A Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War at Westminster Abbey in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and The High Sheriff reading the Exhortation at the service of remembrance at Ealing Town Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain entering World War One. In addition during of the month The High Sheriff spoke and took part in the panel discussion at a seminar held at London Middlesex University : ”Methods of desistance within the Secure Estate - A look at what works” organised by The Noor Initiative, and The High Sheriff also carried out an official visit to Ealing Metropolitan Police station, meeting with the Borough Commander and the detective teams, gang’s team, the custody unit team and joined a rapid response team in a police emergency vehicle on patrol.

1st The High Sheriff had a very good meeting met with Cllr Julian Bel the Leader of Ealing Council.

1st The High Sheriff spoke and took part in the panel discussion at the seminar held at London Middlesex University: ”Methods of desistance within the Secure Estate - A look at what works” organised by The Noor Initiative.

4th The High Sheriff said the Exhortation at the service of remembrance at Ealing Town Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain entering World War One.

4th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended A Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War at Westminster Abbey in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.

7th The High Sheriff met with Mohammed Khaliel Founder and CEO of Islamix which is a unique English based organisation focused on creating deeper understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, with a view to creating a more harmonious and peaceful society.

13th The High Sheriff carried out an official visit to Ealing Metropolitan Police station, meeting with the Borough Commander and also the detective teams, gang’s team, the custody unit team and joined a rapid response team in a police emergency vehicle on patrol.

14th The High Sheriff met with Andy Keen-Downs CEO of Prisoners Advice and Care Trust (PACT) and Mark Rowland of National Education Trust (NET) to discuss an initiative relating to the children of prisoners.

26th The High Sheriff met with Linda Bryant Head of Criminal Justice Services at Together (for mental wellbeing) Charity to discuss issues relating to people with mental problems in the criminal justice system.

28th The High Sheriff enjoyed lunch with Frances Mapstone Trustee of The House of St Barnabas; Sandra Schembri Chief Executive of The House of St Barnabas and Mark Woodruff of the Monument Trust to discuss the work of The House of St Barnabas who are a charity based in Soho that supports London's homeless people back into work through their Employment Academy.


The High Sheriff with Ealing Borough Mayor, Council Leader and dignitaries at a service of remembrance to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain entering World War One.


The High Sheriff reading the Exhortation at the service of remembrance at Ealing Town Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain entering World War One.


The Programme of A Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War at Westminster Abbey.


The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff at A Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War at Westminster Abbey in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.


July 2014
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events during of the month of July. These included a visit with the Lady Sheriff and the High Sheriffs Chaplain to Wormwood Scrubs Prison; together with the Lady Sheriff and the Under Sheriff meeting with the Bishop of Southwark and undertaking a tour of Southwark Cathedral; attending the High Sheriff of West Sussex Judges Service and Garden party; together with the High Sheriffs Chaplain visiting Southwark Crown Court and siting on the bench with resident judge Alistair McCreath; and with the Lady Sheriff attending the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire’s Garden party at Hertford Castle.

1st The High Sheriff met with Alexander McLean of The African Prisons Project who works to restore dignity and hope to prisoners in Uganda and Kenya and in prisons across Africa.

2nd The High Sheriff met with Luqman Ali Artistic Director/CEO of the Khayaal Theatre Company to discuss their work in prisons and school.

2nd The High Sheriff chaired the quarterly Great London High Sheriffs meeting attended by the current, past and future Great London High Sheriffs.

4th The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff, The High Sheriffs Chaplain Rev Paul Cowley and Mr Martin Orrell carried out an official visit to HM Wormwood Scrubs Prison and had a productive meeting and discussion with the Prison Governor Mr Gary Monaghan.

6th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended the West Sussex Judges’ Service and Garden Party hosted by the High Sheriff of West Sussex Mr Jonathan Lucas and his wife. Also in attendance were the High Sheriff of East Sussex Mr Christopher Gebbie and The High Sheriff of Surrey Mr Peter Lee.

7th The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff and Under Sheriff met with Bishop of Southwark The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun and discussed the role of chaplaincy within the prison estate. The meeting was followed by a tour of Southwark Cathedral by the Dean, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn.

9th The High Sheriff met with Stephen Greenhalgh the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to report on his findings with the police service, judiciary, prisons and criminal prosecution service in London during the first four months of taking office.

9th The High Sheriff hosted a lunch for the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and his wife at the Clink restaurant in Brixton prison.

9th The High Sheriff attended the AGM of the Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship at the Cyprus Embassy in St James’s Square and met with the High Commissioner Mr Euripides Evriviades.

10th The High Sheriff hosted lunch with members from the William Wilberforce Trust at the Clink Restaurant at Brixton Prison to discuss the fundraising event to be held at Clink in September.

10th The High Sheriff met Wing Commander M G Dudgeon OBE DL Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Greater London to discuss the High Sheriffs year ahead.

11th The High Sheriff met with volunteers from the Prisoners Families and Friends Service at Southwark Crown Court.

11th The High Sheriff together with the Rev`d Paul Cowley Chaplain to the High Sheriff carried out an official visit to Southwark Crown Court and enjoyed lunch with the judges before sitting on the bench with the resident judge His Honour Judge Alistair William McCreath.

24th The High Sheriff met with Pauline Crowe and Jo Bedingfield of Prisoners Abroad which is the only UK charity caring for the welfare of British prisoners held in foreign prisons.

24th The High Sheriff and the Lady Sheriff attended The Busoga Trust Reception at the House of Lords. The Busoga Trust provides sustainable access to safe water, improved sanitation and comprehensive hygiene & health education to the communities in rural Uganda.

26th The High Sheriff and the Lady Sheriff attended a garden party hosted by High Sheriff for Hertfordshire Mr Fergus McMullen and his wife at the Hertford Castle Hertfordshire.

29th The High Sheriff met with Sue Clifford and Richard Rowley of No Offence, a social enterprise, who facilitate open access to crime and justice information through their conferences and awards.

30th The High Sheriff met with Rachel O'Brien to discuss the RSA’s Transitions Project which explores the potential for “transition Parks” which use MOJ assets adjacent to prisons to drive innovation, collaboration and rehabilitation.

30th The High Sheriff met with Melissa Morbeck of The Corporate Alliance which is a nationally recognised membership charity working with employers addressing the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.

31st The High Sheriff met with Iqbal Wahhab OBE founder of Tandoori Magazine, and multi-award winning restaurants The Cinnamon Club and Roast to discuss areas of mutual interest around rehabilitation and employment in the catering industry for ex-offenders.

31st The High Sheriff met with Cllr Steven Cowan the Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.


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The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff and high Sheriffs Chaplain on a visit to HMP Wormwood Scrubs..


The High Sheriff of West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London at the West Sussex Judges’ Service.


The High Sheriff and Under Sheriff visiting Southwark Cathedral.


The High Sheriff with The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff of Hertfordshire at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton.


The High Sheriff with the High Commissioner of Cyprus Mr Euripides Evriviades.”


The High Sheriff together with the Rev`d Paul Cowley Chaplain to the High Sheriff on an official visit to Southwark Crown Court.


The High Sheriff with the MC at the First World War themed garden party hosted by High Sheriff for Hertfordshire at Hertford Castle.


June 2014
The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events during of the month of June. These included a visit with the Lady Sheriff and the Under Sheriff to the Regent's Park Central London Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre; together with the Lady Sheriff attending the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Metropolitan police Hendon Memorial in the presence of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Brenard Hogan-Howe; together with the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and as a guest of the MCC Chairman attending a one-day cricket match at Lord's to celebrate the MCC's bicentennial year at Lord's cricket ground in St Johns Wood; along with the Lady Sheriff attending as guest of honour at the Brent Police Borough Commanders commendations ceremony held at Wembley Stadium, and together with the Lady Sheriff and the Under Sheriff the High Sheriff attending a Solemn Drumhead Service of Remembrance for those who volunteered to serve in the First World War in the presence of her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

3rd The High Sheriff met with Leonie Hodge, Director of the GoodHope Training & Consultancy which is part of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation to discuss hosting a conference for the Foundation later in the year.

3rd The High Sheriff met with Independent Newspaper journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

4th The High Sheriff met with Adrian Gannon of Prisoners Advise Trust who provides legal advice and information to prisoners in England and Wales regarding their rights, the application of the Prison Rules and conditions of imprisonment.

4th The High Sheriff met with Phil Bowen Director of the Centre for Justice Innovation who seek to introduce and support new ideas, new projects and new practice in the British criminal justice system. With a commitment to sharing learning between the US and UK, the Centre combines research and international evidence gathering with expert support to front-line practitioners to help build a more innovative and dynamic criminal justice system.

5th The High Sheriff attended the official opening of the Bounce Back new state of the art training centre at HMP Brixton. Bounce Back is a Charity and a Social Enterprise focussed on training and employment of ex-offenders.

5th The High Sheriff met with Emily Vermont Co-Founder and Managing Director of Finding Rhythms Charity, who work through the medium of music and original composition bring about positive change in people’s approach to life and their surroundings, to discuss their work in Prisons.

9th The High Sheriff met with Mr Lyn Hopkins Chair of The Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship, a charitable, independent and non-political organisation that connects people from Commonwealth countries and offers affordable student accommodation services in London for full time international students from Commonwealth countries.

9th The High Sheriff met with Bilal Dunn Founder and CEO of The Noor initiative which is an innovative third sector social enterprise which works with the youth community.

10th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended a Private Viewing of an Exhibition by the Renowned Botanical Artist Rosie Sanders hosted by The Royal London Society.

11th The High Sheriff met with Patrick Foster Chair off the Community Chaplaincy at Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

12th The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff & Under Sheriff carried out an official visit to The Regents Park Central London Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre.

16th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Metropolitan Police Memorial Hendon in the presence of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Brenard Hogan-Howe.

16th The High Sheriff along with other dignities presented awards at the London Air Cadets Awards Night at HMS President in St Katharine’s Dock.

17th The High Sheriff met with Charlotte Hogg, Founder of The Caerus Partnership to discuss a mental health initiative working with addiction and offenders.

19th The High Sheriff met with Lord Knight and Sophia Walker of the Centre for Criminal Appeals, a not-for-profit organisation which deals with the shortage of investigation and legal representation on appeal, to discuss their work.

22nd Along with the High Sheriff of Herefordshire, and as a guest of the MCC Club Chairman, The High Sheriff attended the one day cricket match at Lords between Hertfordshire and Middlesex Cricket Club to celebrate the MCC’s Bicentennial Year at Lords Cricket Ground in St Johns Wood.

23rd The High Sheriff attended Westminster City Councils Citizenship Ceremony.

23rd The High Sheriff had a most enjoyable meeting and tea with The Lord Mayor of Westminster Councillor Audrey Lewis.

24th The High Sheriff met with Andy Keen-Downs the Chief Executive of PACT to discuss the launch of a Charter for Children of Prisoners.

24th The High Sheriff met with Joyti Waswani of The Royal London Society, one of the world's oldest charities focusing on the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.

26th The High Sheriff attended a lunch at the House of Lords given in honour of Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC and her work with the Global Foundation For the Elimination of Domestic Violence.

26th The High Sheriff visited the offices of the Crown Prosecution Service in London and met a large number and wide range of the team led by Baljit Ubhey the Chief Crown Prosecutor.

27th The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff were guests of Honour with Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher at the Brent Police Borough Commander`s Commendations Ceremony held at Wembley Stadium.

28th The High Sheriff, Lady Sheriff. The Under Sheriff and her husband attended a Solemn Drumhead Service of Remembrance for those who volunteered to serve in the First World War at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.


The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff at the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Metropolitan police Hendon Memorial.


The High Sheriff presenting awards at the London Air Cadets Awards Night.


The High Sheriffs of Greater London and Hertfordshire at Lord's to celebrate the MCC's bicentennial year at Lord's cricket ground.


The High Sheriff presenting awards with Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher at the Brent Police Borough Commanders commendations ceremony.


The Under Sheriff, The Lady Sheriff, The High Sheriff and a Chelsea Pensioner at a Solemn Drumhead Service of Remembrance at Royal Chelsea Hospital.


May 2014
During the month of May The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events. These included a visit to Harrow Crown Court, hosting two events at the Clink restaurant Brixton Prison, joining the panel discussion at the launch of the Alcohol and Crime Commission Report at the RSA, enjoying a dinner New Scotland Yard hosted by the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey in honour of the High Sheriff and the preceding High Sheriff Mr David Jones, and together with the Lady Sheriff attending the Buckingham Palace garden party and the Chelsea Flower Show.

1st The High Sheriff met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to discuss ways in which the Office could support and promote the work of the police.

2nd The High Sheriff visited Harrow Crown Court sat on the Bench with Resident Judge Arran.

8th The High Sheriff met with John Podmore and Simon Antrobus of The Addaction Trust to discuss their work on the role of alcohol in domestic violence.

9th The High Sheriff and his wife attended a lunch given by the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith to promote their work with young people in West London at the Clink restaurant in HMP Brixton.

12th The High Sheriff met with the Andy Keen-Downs of Pact (Prisoners Advice and care Trust) which is a national charity which supports people affected by imprisonment and provides practical and emotional support to prisoners and their children and families. They discussed the possible launch of a Charter for Children of prisoners.

12th The High Sheriff met with the inspirational Barry Mizen of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation to discuss their work with young people and specifically in reducing knife crime.

13th The High Sheriff met with the Peter Standford of the Longford Trust to discuss The Longford Scholarships which enable young people and ex-prisoners to continue their rehabitation through studying for degrees at UK universities.

13th The High Sheriff attended the launch of The Alcohol and Crime Commission Report at the RSA and joined the panel Chaired by Prof John Podmore for a discussion and question and answer session.

14th The High Sheriff met with Lucy Perman and Sue Canderton of Clean Break, a theatre company set up by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience.

14th The High Sheriff met with the Rt Hon Sadiq Khan Shadow Justice and London Minister to discuss the criminal justice system in London.

14th The High Sheriff met with the Nick Pascoe Deputy Director Custody Greater London to discuss the London Prison service.

14th The High Sheriff met Harris Bokhari of the Naz Legacy Foundation to discuss in particular support for multi faith and young people’s programmes.

15th The High Sheriff met with Stephen Greenhalgh the Deputy Mayor for Policing and crime to discuss ways of working together in the year ahead.

15th The High Sheriff and his wife hosted a fundraising lunch for Shelter Charity at the Clink Restaurant HMP Brixton.

15th The High Sheriff met with the William Wilberforce Trust to learn about their work and discuss a possible fundraising event.

19th The High Sheriff met with Ian Wilson of The Prisoner Funding Directory.

19th The High Sheriff and The Lady Sheriff enjoyed a dinner New Scotland Yard hosted by the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey in honour of the High Sheriff and the preceding High Sheriff Mr David Jones.

21st The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended the Buckingham Palace garden party at the invitation of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth.

22nd The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff attended the Chelsea Flower Show as guests of M&G Asset Management.


The High Sheriff with Resident Judge Arran during his visit to Harrow Crown Court.


The High Sheriff on the panel discussion at the launch of The Alcohol and Crime Commission Report at the RSA.


The High Sheriff with Prof John Podmore ex Prison Governor and Chair of The Alcohol and Crime Commission.

The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff on their visit
to New Scotland Yard.
Dinner at New Scotland Yard in honour of the past and current High Sheriff.

   

The High Sheriff and Lady Sheriff at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party.


April 2014

On Friday, 4 April 2014 at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand The High Sheriff of Greater London for 2014/15 Mr Kevin McGrath was sworn into office before the Lord Chief Justice and two fellow senior judges. The High Sheriff was accompanied by his wife, close family, and the Under Sheriff Ms Lynn Johansenn and the High Sheriffs Chaplain The Rev'd Paul Cowley, both of whom were also sworn into office for the year. Following the ceremony the High Sheriff, his wife and party enjoyed a splendid lunch at Simpsons in the Strand.

During the month of April The High Sheriff held a number of meetings and attended a number of events:

1st The High Sheriff in nomination had the honour of meeting Archbishop Cardinal Vincent Nichols and discussed ways to work together in the year ahead.

1st The High Sheriff in nomination attended the rehanging of the restored Grant of Arms of the Greater London Shrievalty at the Royal Courts of Justice with former High Sheriffs and Judges.

3rd The High Sheriff in nomination met with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London Sir David Brewer CMG JP to discuss the year ahead and other matters.

3rd The High Sheriff in nomination attended a reception to introduce US trauma expert, Dr Stephanie Covington and to highlight her work with trauma and women at risk.

7th The High Sheriff enjoyed a lunch meeting at with Andy Evans of QPR Sport in the Community Trust.

7th The High Sheriff met with Clinton Riley of CVQO Charity to discuss their with young people work particularly through the uniformed cadet movement.

8th Together with the Lady Sheriff, The High Sheriff attended the Clean Break Charity production of Pests at the Royal Court Theatre.

9th The High Sheriff met with Prison Education Trust to discuss support from the High Sheriff’s Office in the year ahead.

10th The High Sheriff met with Prosper 4 Group who work to place serving prisoners into employment upon release.

10th The High Sheriff enjoyed a fruitful lunch with the inspirational Mark Woodruff of the Monument Trust.

22nd The High Sheriff had lunch at the Clink Restaurant located inside Brixton Prison with Joanna Kennedy of the Zacchaeus 200 Trust which is a London-based charity addressing poverty issues caused by unfairness in the law, legal and benefits system.

22nd The High Sheriff met with Robert Posner of The Anne Frank Trust to discuss their work in prisons and with young people.

23rd The High Sheriff presented a National Crimebeat Award to the Enfield Voluntary Police Cadets in recognition of their work on the “No Trick or Treat “campaign.

24th The High Sheriff met with Rachel Lock and Simon Boyle of the Beyond Food Foundation who work with people who are at risk of, or have experienced homelessness, to gain meaningful employment.

24th The High Sheriff met with Jennifer Smith of The International Legal Foundation on her recent visit to London. The ILF is an international nongovernmental organization that assists post-conflict and transitional countries in establishing public defender systems that provide effective, quality criminal defence services for the poor. 

24th The High Sheriff met with Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty Human Rights to discuss how the Office can promote the work of Liberty Human Rights.

29th The High Sheriff met with Finlay Scott the Chair of The Clink Restaurant Charity, the first and only commercial restaurant to be built inside a working British prison.

29th The High Sheriff met with Juliet Lyon of The Prison Reform Trust to hear more about their work and was particularly impressed with the Prisons Factfile publication, now in its tenth year.

30th The High Sheriff met with The Rev Fr Roger Reader the Catholic Bishops' Prisons Adviser to discuss the role of prison chaplaincy and other faith matters.

Whilst in Nomination during the month of March Kevin McGrath met with Hon John Samuels QC of Prison Education Trust: Sean Holmes Artistic Director of Lyric Hammersmith to discuss Lyrics work with young people in West London; Georgina Pope of Liberty ‏Human Rights to discuss ways the Office of High Sheriff could support their work; Teresa Elwes of The Bromley Trust to discuss High Sheriff Office and the Bromley Trust; hosted a dinner for the current High Sheriff of Great London and his wife; met with Chris Carter, of LEARN_2_LISTEN; had lunch with Frances Crook of Howard League for Penal Reform.; attended the High Sheriff Awards ceremony at Blackfriars Crown Court.; met with Joanna Kennedy of Zacchaeus 2000 Trust Charity & Chair of Unicorn Children theatre who joined the High Sheriff at the QPR v Blackpool football match; met the Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey at New Scotland Yard to discuss the year ahead and the Met Police; and met with Michael Spurr the CEO of NOMS to discuss the year ahead and the work of NOMS.


The High Sheriff of Greater London and party at Royal Courts of Justice for the swearing in ceremony.


The Hugh Sheriff, the Under Sheriff Ms Lynn Johansenn and the High Sheriffs Chaplain The Rev'd Paul Cowley.


The High Sheriff and Archbishop Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Head of the Catholic Church.


The High Sheriff presents a National Crimebeat Award to the Enfield Voluntary Police Cadets.


April 2014

In April the High Sheriff of Greater London and his wife attended a public hanging - that of the newly restored parchment of the Grant of Arms of the High Sheriff of Greater London in the Royal Courts of Justice accompanied by a posse of past High Sheriffs and those in nomination. Master Leslie presided. The High Sheriff and his wife visited Hammersmith Magistrates Court. He attended a luncheon in Westminster City Hall given by the Lord Mayor of Westminster in honour of the Lord Mayor of the City of London. He attended a reception of Beyond Food at The Brigade in Southwark to which the Lord Mayor of the City of London came over to speak. He lunched with Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali. The High Sheriff and his wife attended the William Wilberforce Trust fund-raising ball organised by the Rev'd Paul Cowley, Chaplain to the High Sheriff. The Home Secretary also attended.

On 4th April Mr. Kevin McGrath was sworn in as High Sheriff of Greater London for 2014-15 by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.


Past, present and future High Sheriffs of Greater London.


Kevin McGrath, High Sheriff of Greater London, with David Jones, High Sheriff of Greater London 2013-14.


David Jones, High Sheriff of Greater London 2013-14 at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court.


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