The chief of a Cumbrian-based hotel group has been selected to head up a prestigious ceremonial role for the next 12 months.
English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues managing director Simon Berry has been confirmed as the High Sheriff for Cumbria for 2018-19.
The new High Sheriff, traditionally ‘installed’ on the last Wednesday in March, undertakes a range of ceremonial duties throughout the one-year appointment, including attendance at royal visits to Cumbria and escorting high court judges on circuit in the county.
High Sheriffs also actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector.
In recent years, High Sheriffs in many parts of England and Wales have been particularly active in encouraging crime reduction initiatives, especially amongst young people.
Berry said: “It is a real honour, not only to have been nominated for the role in the Royal Courts of Justice in the first place, but also now to step into it for the next twelve months.
“As with most High Sheriffs, I have a particular interest in the law and supporting local services such as the police, especially in the prevention of youth crime and helping to ensure that young people in this great county get the opportunities in life that they deserve.
“I also look forward to getting involved in helping community foundations and local charities that work with vulnerable people, both in endorsing and in raising the profile of their valuable work.”
Berry runs the family hotel business, English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, with his brother Tim. The hotel group has been in the Berry family for over 60 years.