New High Sheriff for Cheshire, Kathy Cowell OBE DL, takes up ancient and honourable office

Leading businesswoman, Kathy Cowell OBE DL, had the honour of High Sheriff for Cheshire bestowed on her yesterday (Thursday 7th April) in a declaration ceremony recognizing the ‘ancient and honourable office’ dating back to Saxon Times - at Eaton Park, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster.

After retiring from a long and successful career in banking, Kathy, now Group Chair of Your Housing Group and Vice Chair of Cheshire Charities; Cheshire Young Carers and Active Cheshire, takes up the privileged position of High Sheriff of Cheshire.  

Welcoming the new incumbent, Judge William Davis said although the exact beginnings are ‘lost in the mists of time’ this highly prominent post is referred to in no less than 27 of the 67 clauses of the now 801-year-old Magna Carta.

In the modern day, this ‘ancient and honourable office’ recognises high achievement and contribution to the County of Cheshire and calls for further contribution during the year ahead.

Kathy’s role as High Sheriff is to make a meaningful contribution to the County of Cheshire during her year of office.  It is her duty to lend active support to the principal agents of the Constitution within the County, which includes ensuring the welfare of visiting High Court Judges, supporting the Lord Lieutenant on royal visits, and actively supporting the Police and other law enforcement agencies, the emergency services, local authorities, and church and faith groups.  During her term of office Kathy will also be supporting 4 local charities, including Cheshire Young Carers, Active Cheshire, Cheshire Community Foundation and Crimebeat.

Kathy Cowell OBE DL was joined at the ceremony by her Chaplain for the year, the Reverend Stella Cole, her husband John and two sons Michael and Andrew, as well as her daughters-in-law Andrea and Hayley.

Kathy commented, “I’m incredibly honoured to have been asked to hold such a privileged position as the High Sheriff of Cheshire.  I accept this huge privilege with grace, pride, and dedication for the year ahead and look forward to serving the communities of Cheshire in line with a custom and tradition of over 1000 years.”

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