Mr Shahid Azeem is a resident of Woking having moved to Surrey in 1969 with his family. He is a successful, award-winning businessman in the world of technology and is well-known for his charity work and involvement with Aldershot Football club. Shahid’s theme for the year is ‘Together we are Stronger’.  From the theme the three points he would like to address are “Communities’, which include Friends, Families, volunteers, colleagues, and the third sector, ‘Making a Difference’, THE NHS, emergencies services, shops, places of faith, social clubs and community leaders and ‘Going Forward’,

There will be better times and we will make a difference to our community! 

2020-21 High Sheriff’s Statement

This moment is a huge privilege but at a time of national crisis it is also a huge responsibility.

We have had moments in our nation’s history where moments like this, installation ceremonies which have been annual events in Surrey since 1080, have occasionally been cancelled because of civil war, a rebellion, and the threat we face today is no less serious. So whilst I’m disappointed in not sharing this moment with friends and family I know that it’s a small sacrifice to ensure we keep people safe and save lives.

It also seems apt that for someone who has spent most of his working life in IT that we have turned to technology for this installation ceremony with a stream feed on facebook – from Quills to Keyboards.. I would like to say a huge thank you to Peter Smith who is setting up this virtual installation and bringing into your homes.

These are unprecedented times and more than ever we need community, we need bridge builders and those that provide the glue that holds communities together.

Convening, connecting, and creating the conditions to ensure we are all contributing to our communities is what drives me and now as the High Sheriff, I will ensure I am a voice for the police, the prison service, courts, the third sector and charities during my tenure.

So may I take this opportunity to thank the people that today wouldn’t be possible without for
help and support –  Richard Whittingham, Robert Napier, Jim Glover, Sally Varah Peter Lee and
Lord Lieutenant. However, the biggest gratitude goes to the outgoing High Sheriff Bridget Biddell, who has been extremely helpful in engaging me in many events, amazing support from Rachel,
Bill, Molly and Chole. There were many events held at Hampton Place, the fresh cookies and the fresh milk long with forest bathing, that I will forever remember. Bridget, you were just amazing
as High sheriff and thank you for all you have done and continue to do. I also want to thank my family and friends who have been fantastic support, thanks also to Ray Morgan who has loaned
me his PA Emera for the year. I do however feel sorry for Emera – the thought of Frying pan to
fire comes to mind!

I would also like to say huge thank you to Meghna Singh –  past Police cadet, you have been an inspiration and I welcome Fin Wells as my Police cadet for the coming year along with Reverend Philip Simpsons and Imam Hafiz Hashim as my two chaplains.

My Theme for the year is ‘Together we are Stronger’

From the theme the three points I would like to address are: ‘Communities’, which includes friends, families, volunteers, colleagues and the third sector. ‘Making a Difference’,
THE NHS, emergency  services, shops, places of faith, social clubs and community leaders and ‘Going Forward’

There will be better times, we will make a difference to our community.

Shahid Azeem DL

High Sheriff of Surrey 2020-21

6th April 2020

Event archive

Tribute to HRH Prince Philip

9 April 2021/by Akiko Design

Woking Crime Report.

5 April 2021/by Akiko Design

High Sheriff Youth Awards Celebration 2021

23 March 2021/by Akiko Design

Meet two Surrey Heroes, Jo-Ann & Sangeeta, going the extra mile to support our NHS.

12 March 2021/by Akiko Design

Thank You Surrey!

11 March 2021/by Akiko Design

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE helps to encourage members of the BAME community to accept vaccine.

28 February 2021/by Akiko Design

7,000 tests delivered & collected in 5 days during Woking surge testing operation.

5 February 2021/by Akiko Design

A Christmas Message from the High Sheriff.

24 December 2020/by Akiko Design

High Sheriff’s Radio Interview on the ‘In Conversation’ Show

18 December 2020/by Akiko Design

Be a Secret Santa and help a Family in need this Christmas with Reigate Charity – Stripey Stork.

1 December 2020/by Akiko Design

Together we remember them.

11 November 2020/by Akiko Design

Virtual Remembrance to remember Surreys’ War Heroes

8 November 2020/by Akiko Design

Together We Are Stronger!

20 October 2020/by Akiko Design

Volunteering to lend support for immunisation

19 October 2020/by Akiko Design

Thank You

9 September 2020/by Akiko Design

Summer at Breinton

24 August 2020/by Akiko Design

VJ75 Anniversary – Guildford.

18 August 2020/by Akiko Design

Eid Ul Adha Celebrations in Woking.

31 July 2020/by Akiko Design

Remembering them All

22 July 2020/by Akiko Design

First Friday Prayers In over 100 days at Shah Jahan Mosque as life slowly returns to normal.

10 July 2020/by Akiko Design

Flag raising marks the start of Armed Forces Week 2020

27 June 2020/by Akiko Design

Denbies Vineyard Visit.

5 June 2020/by Akiko Design

Earl & Countess of Wessex join volunteers at Woking’s Shah Jahan Mosque

25 May 2020/by Akiko Design

Seeing for Myself – Surrey’s Heroes in Action.

10 May 2020/by Akiko Design

Woking Radio interview with Jon Andrews

22 April 2020/by Akiko Design

My First job as Surrey’s New High Sheriff – by Shahid Azeem DL.

13 April 2020/by Akiko Design

The High Sheriff’s Installation 2020-21

6 April 2020/by Akiko Design