There is a High Sheriff in every County in England and Wales, and their history and tradition goes back before the Norman Conquest. The Office is the oldest Royal appointment. The modern day High Sheriff has a very different function to that of their ancient ancestors but still plays an important role within their County. 

High Sheriffs are appointed by the Monarch to support the judiciary and Jim will spend time with those who work in the Courts, with Surrey Police and in the prisons of Surrey. The High Sheriff of Surrey is Patron of the Surrey Volunteer Police Cadets and a Trustee of the High Sheriff Youth Awards.

During his Shrieval year, Jim will continue to work with a wide range of experts, teaching staff, charities and voluntary organisations involved in supporting children within the County on the ‘theme’ of school exclusion started by his predecessor.

Jim has a substantial background of executive and non-executive director roles in large leisure, retail and service organisations both in the UK and overseas.  Such roles include MD of Benskins Ltd (within Allied Domecq Ltd), MD of Kingfisher Asia Ltd, MD and later Chair of Superdrug and CEO of Kingfisher General Merchandise Sector (all within Kingfisher Plc), CEO of Patientline Ltd and then his final executive role as CEO of the NAAFI.

Non-executive roles have included trustee and Chair of Royal Mencap Society, trustee and Chair of Grafham Grange Special Educational Trust, Chair of Andrews & Partners Ltd (a residential and commercial property services company, wholly owned by charities) and a non-executive director of Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises Ltd.

He served as a member of Council at the University of Birmingham for ten years, during which time he held the positions of Treasurer and then Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor. He is currently Chair of Council at the University of Surrey.