New High Sheriff of Lancashire announced
THE new High Sheriff of Lancashire has been announced as The Honourable Ralph C. Assheton, founder and director of Bowland Bioenergy Ltd and chairman of Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership.
After gaining a diploma in rural estate management from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, Mr Assheton then qualified as a chartered surveyor working in Berkshire and Lancashire.
He joined the Territorial Army in 1987 and was commissioned as an officer the following year and his military career included service with the Life Guards in Saudi Arabia in the first Gulf War and Operation Banner in Ulster.
He also led his regiment’s Wigan Squadron and commanded the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry regiment from 2005 to 2007.
The new High Sheriff will be sworn in at a special ceremony on Friday, April 5, when he takes over the office from the current incumbent, Anthony Attard.
Personally appointed by the Queen, the role of High Sheriff of Lancashire, which is unpaid and voluntary, dates back more than 1,000 years.
Mr Assheton said: “To become High Sheriff of Lancashire is a great honour for me. In my year of responsibility I will endeavour to work closely with the police, the judiciary and our emergency services.
“It is also my intention to encourage and to support the many voluntary groups who work tirelessly to create positive and lasting relationships with all of Lancashire’s diverse cultures and religious groups.”