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Jonathan Trower, the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Jonathan Trower, the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire
01 April 2015 Written by 

New High Sheriff of Hertfordshire

Jonathan Trower was declared the new High Sheriff of Hertfordshire at a ceremony in St. James' Church, Stanstead Abbotts on 28th March. The ceremony involved Mr Trower swearing an oath in front of Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, a High Court Judge.

The post of High Sheriff is the oldest secular office in England other than the Crown, dating back to at least 992 AD when Sheriffs were ordered by the Saxon King to collect money from their Counties in order to pay the Danegeld. Today the High Sheriff is an annual appointment made by the Sovereign at a ceremony in March in front of the Privy Council. The Queen uses a bodkin to mark the name of each High Sheriff in the 55 English and Welsh Counties. It is said that the ceremony dates back to an occasion when the Privy Council interrupted Queen Elizabeth I while she was busy with her embroidery.

The considerable powers of the mediaeval High Sheriff are long gone but he or she remains the Sovereign's representative in Hertfordshire for matters relating to Justice and Law & Order and is the Returning Officer for all of the County's parliamentary constituencies. The office is independent and non-political.

Jonathan and his wife Gini, who teaches in a number of Hertfordshire schools, are particularly interested in supporting the educational sector, given the clear links between a good education, justice and crime reduction

The High Sheriff will present Crimebeat and High Sheriff's Awards towards the end of his term of office. These are designed to honour the unsung heroes of our community whether charities, voluntary organisations or individuals.

Whilst Jonathan's day job is in the financial services sector in the City of London, he and Gini also have a farm, near Ware. The farm is small by modern standards. It is run as a mixed arable and grazing enterprise and makes use of environmental stewardship schemes where possible. One of the current projects, which is being undertaken in association with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, is the restoration of the stretch of the River Stort which runs through the farm.

Jonathan is a Governor of Haileybury College near Hertford. He is also a City Colonel of the Rifles, is a Liveryman of the Drapers Company and is involved with a number of other Hertfordshire based and national charities.

Jonathan and his wife Gini have four sons. Edward and Hugo both work in London, Robert is studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law and Tom is studying Spanish at Edinburgh University.

Commenting after the ceremony, Jonathan Trower said: "I feel enormously honoured to have been declared High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, the county which has been my home for almost all of my life. I am immensely looking forward to the opportunity that this office offers to provide support, encouragement and help to the Judiciary, the Constabulary, the Armed Forces and all the other organisations across the county involved in the maintenance of law and order. I also hope that I can play my part in supporting the statutory and voluntary sectors more generally. For most of us, Hertfordshire is a wonderful place in which to live; but it can be even better; and it can be better for more of us."

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