Lorna Moran OBE, Chair of NRG was formally installed as the High Sheriff of the County of Tyne and Wear in a ceremony at Moot Hall on 25th April 2019.
The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political Royal appointment for a term of one year. The origins of the office date back to Saxon times when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible for all law and order in the County.
High Sheriffs play an increasingly active and supportive role within their Counties both in relation to the Police and emergency services and in lending encouragement to public sector agencies such as the probation and prison services and to voluntary sector organisations involved in crime reduction and social cohesion.
The installation ceremony took place before His Honour Judge Paul Sloan QC, Honorary Recorder of Newcastle upon Tyne, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Susan Winfield OBE, the outgoing High Sheriff, Mr Paul Callaghan CBE DL, the Under Sheriff Mr Russell Hewitson and Lorna’s Chaplain, the Reverend Cannon Glyn Evans.
Guests included the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of South Tyneside, the Mayor Elect and Mayoress Elect of Sunderland, as well as many of Lorna’s family and friends.
Principle formal duties of High Sheriffs today include attendance at royal visits in the County and support for Her Majesty’s High Court Judges when on Circuit.
Lorna commented, “I am very privileged to be installed as the 46th High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear; it is indeed a great honour. Over the next 12 months I am looking forward to finding out about the work of our civic services who keep our communities safe, the Police, emergency services and the courts. During this time I am also hoping to improve opportunities for the young people of Tyne and Wear who are not in employment, education or training.”