Who is the High Sheriff?

In March each year, the Queen appoints a new High Sheriff in Surrey. Historically this man or woman has been the Sovereign's legal representative in the county. The role is one of the oldest in the land, dating back to Anglo-Saxon times (the name then was 'Shire Reeve').

The High Sheriff of Surrey for 2014-15 is Peter Lee. The medallion he wears shows a green star with 11 points, one for each borough or district in the county.

Peter is looking forward to contributing to the High Sheriff Youth Awards and visiting as many award recipients as he can. One of his themes for his year is getting young people into sport sport in the broadest sense of the word, encompassing all types of exercise/physical activity. Why? Because sport is inclusive. Anyone can participate in sport regardless of their abilities, disabilities or background. Sport is a way of engaging young people positively and it has been proven that it can cut crime and anti-social behaviour.

When members of the Royal Family come to Surrey to visit people, projects and places, Peter Lee is one of those who welcome them. The historic Service for the Judiciary in October is one of many ceremonial duties during his year as High Sheriff. Wearing a distinctive High Sheriff's uniform, he leads a procession of Her Majesty's judges and magistrates through the centre of Guildford, so maintaining links with law and order in Surrey that stretch back more than ten centuries.