High Sheriff of Surrey 2017-2018

Robert Napier CBE

2017/18 High Sheriff of Surrey, Robert Napier CBE

Robert Napier CBE has lived in Baynards, south of Cranleigh for the past 32 years, originally hailing from Scotland. Robert joined the FTSE company Redland PLC based in Reigate as Finance Director in 1981 and was Chief Executive from 1991 to 1997. In 1999 he joined WWF-UK, then located in Godalming, as Chief Executive and retired from that role in 2007.

Robert became a Trustee of the Watts Gallery (one of the “jewels” of Surrey) in 2004 and until recently was Hon Treasurer and chaired the Finance Committee.


Robert was Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency from 2007 to 2015. In that role, Robert regularly visited many areas and communities across England, including in Surrey, that were socially and economically challenged.


As the Report “Hidden Surrey” written by Dr Helen Bowcock, a previous High Sheriff, states “Although Surrey is known to be one of the wealthiest counties in the UK there are many pockets of deprivation within the County”. During his year of office, Robert intends to do what he can to support the charities and other community groups working in these socially disadvantaged communities, which historically were known as “Priority Places. Of importance, will be the High Sheriff Youth Awards scheme which Robert will actively promote.


In addition to charitable activities, High Sheriffs are appointed by the Monarch to support the judiciary, to this end, Robert will spend time with those who work in the courts, with the police and in the prisons of Surrey.