We are pleased to announce that Jonnie Turpie MBE has been installed as the High Sheriff of The West Midlands for 2015-16. The ceremony took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Crown Court on March 31st 2015. The ceremony was led by The Hon. Mrs Justice Thirlwall DBE. In the presence of HM Lord Lieutenant, Mr Paul Sabapathy CBE, The High Sheriff 2014-15, Dr Timothy Watts DL, the Under Sheriff, Mr. Greg Lowson.
The signing of the incoming High Sheriff’s declaration and that of the Under Sheriff Mr Greg Lowson were witnessed by Mr. David Bradnock MBE DL, Justice of the Peace.
The ceremony was followed by a reception in the Victoria Law Courts in Corporation Street attended by 120 representatives of the Judiciary, previous High Sheriff’s, County Mayors, Arts, Culture, Creative Industry, Business, Community and Public services. The High Sheriff delivered a speech outlining his plans to support and promote young people’s participation in the Arts, Culture and Creative Industries from across the county from the wealth of Wolverhampton, through The Black Country, Birmingham , Solihull and Coventry.
He also thanked her Ladyship Justice Thirwall for her kind and insightful words and the Lord Lieutenant for his support in the year to come and went on to thank and recognise Dr Tim Watts and his wife June for their fantastic contribution to the Shrievalty in his year.