04 Apr Simon Hall MBE appointed new High Sheriff of Essex
Simon Hall was appointed the 837th High Sheriff of Essex at an event full of glitz and glamour last night.
Simon, has lived in Great Tey, a small village in the heart of rural North Essex, since 1993. After graduating from Cambridge with a law degree, he quickly established a career in the profession and joined an international law firm in London.
Speaking following the appointment he said “I am very much looking forward to meeting people of all ages, who live and work in this exciting and diverse county”
Now, for the next twelve months, he will be closer to home as he takes on a different role, that of High Sheriff, which by tradition involves upholding the Queen’s Peace as Her Majesty’s representative for Law and Order, although in more recent times, the role has evolved and now has an emphasis on promoting crime prevention and community safety.
Of his appointment, Simon says he is “very honoured”. Having been a lawyer for 37 years and spending a lot of his time traveling and with London based charities, Simon is keen to learn as much as he can about Essex, although he admits that it is a large and diverse county and he wonders if one year will be enough time to learn everything that he should.
During his year, Simon will be holding a number of events including a garden party, a fundraising lunch, and the Justice Service in Brentwood Cathedral. He will greatly miss the support of his wife Teresa, who died in 2015, but he will have the help of his four children, grandchildren and a loyal band of friends.
The role of High Sheriff is a Royal appointment which is self-funded and does not take money from the public purse.