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Gwent 2017/2018

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High Sheriff

J K L Thomas Esq JP

9 Glendower Street, Monmouth, NP25 3DG

Tel: 01873 880257

The High Sheriff of Gwent 2017-18 is Kevin Thomas of Monmouth. He grew up in the small Welsh-speaking mining village of Penygroes, Carmarthenshire, and at age 11 won an Academic Scholarship to Llandovery College. At the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, he read English, specialising in the field of Welsh literature in English.

His early career was in the cultural sector – theatre and the BBC – and for 11 years he was Director of YrAcademiGymreig/The Welsh Academy (the Society of the Writers of Wales) with a brief to promote literature in Wales. He brought several partner organisations together for the publication of the first Encyclopaedia of Wales and was appointed Project Manager to oversee this bilingual project.

He later chose to take his career path in a different direction, becoming a full-time peripatetic teacher of chess, teaching in excess of 300 children during a working week. He became Manager of the Wales Under 12 Squad, was several times Manager of the Wales Squad at the World Youth Chess Championships, and coached several British Junior Champions. He has been a Magistrate for 18 years, primarily sitting at Caerphilly, Cwmbran and Newport Courts.

During the year the High Sheriff’s work will focus on young people, supporting the Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund, and activities that resonate both with his work as a teacher and as a Magistrate. He also plans to support the work of Welsh-language organisations in Gwent, and will be taking a keen interest in the work of cultural organisations throughout the County. He spends his leisure time walking the hills and following the footpaths of Gwent and the surrounding area.

Kevin and Elaine Thomas have two sons.

Under Sheriff

Mr. David T. Bowen

Victoria Chambers, 11 Clytha Park Road, Newport, Gwent NP20 4PB

Tel: 01633 264194

2016/2017 High Sheriff
A J Clay Esq

2015/2016 High Sheriff
Lieutenant Colonel A S Tuggey CBE DL

2014/2015 High Sheriff
Mrs G A Sheddick OBE

2013/2014 High Sheriff
M A MacFarlane Esq

2012/2013 High Sheriff
H Elizabeth Murray

2011/2012 High Sheriff
Lady Hayman-Joyce

2010/2011 High Sheriff
W H Phillips Esq JP
Crosskeys, Newport

2009/2010 High Sheriff
S J B Hughes Esq


2008/2009 High Sheriff
Mrs J E Child




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