Simon Berry’s duties during the one-year appointment include attendance at royal visits to Cumbria and escorting high court judges on circuit in the county.
“It is a real honour, not only to have been nominated for the role in the Royal Courts of Justice in the first place, but also now to step into it for the next twelve months,” said Berry (pictured).
“As with most High Sheriffs, I have a particular interest in the law and supporting local services such as the police, especially in the prevention of youth crime and helping to ensure that young people in this great county get the opportunities in life that they deserve.
“I also look forward to getting involved in helping community foundations and local charities that work with vulnerable people, both in endorsing and in raising the profile of their valuable work.”
English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, which operates three hotels in the Lake District and two in Lancashire, has been run by the Berry family for over 60 years.
The role of a High Sheriff goes back 1,000 years and is the oldest secular office under the Crown.
High Sheriffs receive no remuneration and no part of the expense falls on the public purse. The office is independent, non-political and unpaid.