Mrs Caroline Bewes DL has been installed as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, succeeding Brigadier Timothy Seal TD who held the post last year. Caroline was officially appointed to the post in a Declaration Ceremony on Tuesday April 6th attended by the Under Sheriff, Caroline Stenner; Chairman of the Bench, Ian Balmer JP; High Sheriff’s Chaplain, Reverend Simon Scott, and Caroline’s husband Nicholas Bewes. Due to Covid regulations, the Declaration took place in their garden in Little Shelford.
A non-Executive Director of Howard Group, a family-owned leading regional property investor and developer founded by her grandfather, Caroline is also a shareholder of the company, and chairs the Family Council.
Caroline takes a keen interest in the local community and is a trustee of a number of charities including the Howard Foundation, Mrs Jane Cart’s Trust, and the Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust. She is also a Patron of Viva, an arts and community group in Soham.
Recently appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Caroline will serve as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 2021/22. As High Sheriff, a particular theme for Caroline will be a focus on supporting and enabling young people throughout Cambridgeshire. She will also seek to support the judiciary, the police and the prison services, and looks forward to engaging with the voluntary sector in the county through the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
Caroline commented of her appointment: “It’s a real honour to have the opportunity to serve Cambridgeshire in this way. I look forward to supporting and encouraging those involved in crime prevention as well as supporting and enabling young people, especially in these challenging times.”
The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, unpaid and non-political Crown appointment and is the oldest secular office in the country aside from the Crown itself, dating from Saxon times. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.