On April 4th 2022 Ben Robinson MBE DL made his declaration and was sworn in as High Sheriff of Staffordshire.
The High Sheriff’s role can be summarised as follows:
- To lend active support to the principal organs of the Constitution within their county – the Royal Family, the Judiciary, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies, the emergency services, local authorities, and all recognised church and faith groups.
- To ensure the welfare of visiting High Court Judges; to attend on them at Court and to offer them hospitality.
- To support the Lord-Lieutenant on royal visits and on other occasions as appropriate.
- To take an active part in supporting and promoting voluntary organisations with the County.
- To uphold and enhance the ancient Office of High Sheriff and to make a meaningful contribution to the High Sheriff’s County during the year of Office.
Ben Robinson said:
“I must first pay tribute to my predecessor, James Friend, who took over his office during the pandemic and had to be sworn in virtually. I want to thank him for doing such an excellent job in such difficult circumstances.
“I will endeavour to continue his fine work through my year in office in this county,
“I consider it a great honour to be the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, the county where I was born and have lived all my life. It’s an office I hold in the highest esteem, and I hope to use the next year to honour this historic role and to benefit the county of Staffordshire.
“In fact, making a positive impact on the lives of people has been something I have been passionate about all my life, having grown up in Burton and seen how challenging life can be for people through no fault of their own.
“I want to use my year in office to provide further support for the community and to promote and support the many county organisations who share these values.”