ROUND UP: New High Sheriff of Surrey takes over; Fire service win road safety award


Surrey News

Richard Whittington has taken over as the new High Sheriff of Surrey at a ceremony at Guildford Cathedral


Former High Sheriff Elizabeth Kennedy hands over the role to Richard Whittington.

Mr Whittington, who is from Chobham and is a distant relative of former Lord Mayor of London Dick Whittington, takes over from Mrs Elizabeth Kennedy and began work on Friday 22 April.

He previously worked for KPMG, a firm providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services, where he was Partner-in-Charge of the Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare group.

The High Sheriff is appointed by HM The Queen to hold office for one year and is her representative of the judiciary in the county carrying out ceremonial duties.

The High Sheriff was historically a powerful local figure but still has law and order responsibilities such as officially installing judges and rewarding people who have helped the police in catching criminals.

Mr Whittington said: “I am very honoured to be given this role and during it I am keen to help young people get into work through apprenticeships, internships and work experience, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and maths areas while I am also looking forward to visiting various organisations throughout Surrey during my year in post.”

Fire Service win road safety award

A road safety campaign featuring a video made by a Surrey firefighter highlighting the dangers of careless driving to young motorists has won a national award.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was given the silver award for the second year running for their Safe Drive, Stay Alive campaign in the Partnership Scheme of the Year category at the FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards.

The annual ceremony, which recognises the work in seeking to reduce causalities among young drivers, was hosted by the RAC Foundation.

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