THE ‘PASSIONATE’ outgoing High Sheriff of Warwickshire has reflected on a remarkable year in office as it comes to an end.
Lady Min Willoughby de Broke said her tenure as High Sheriff has been defined by frenetic activity – from abseiling down the face of Coventry Cathedral, to cycling the length and breadth of the county to raise money for the High Sheriff’s Fund.
She said: “I remember over a year ago now, when I had the first Zoom meeting about the role of High Sheriff, feeling extremely nervous about my ability to fulfil the role to the high standards set by previous High Sheriffs. I had no idea of the depth of commitment involved and felt unsure as to whether I could cope.
“I am a grafter, and once my understanding of what was involved became clearer, I started really looking forward to getting my teeth into it and creating a year that was in keeping with the role whilst being a true reflection of myself and my passions.
“As a person, I am drawn to people who put public service above self. Those unsung heroes who work tirelessly, giving of themselves to make things better for others. I knew that I wanted my year as High Sheriff to be dedicated to shining a light on these people, organisations and charities that all contribute to making our wonderful county of Warwickshire the best it can be.”
David Kelham will be taking over the role until 2023.
Coun Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “We are so fortunate that we live in Warwickshire, a county with a wide array of outstanding natural beauty and equally outstanding organisations, independent businesses and communities who all work tirelessly together to make this county the best it can be.
“We are also lucky to have had such a passionate, and no less tireless, High Sheriff in Min, who has dedicated her tenure in the role to raising the profile of all the different elements that make our County such an incredible place to live, work, play and visit.
“I would like to congratulate Min at the completion of her year as High Sheriff. What a fantastic achievement, and great to see so many local businesses, organisations and charities benefitting from her support and funding through the High Sheriff Fund.”
Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRi3JE6Xb4Y to watch a speech by Lady Min Willoughby de Broke.