This important role in the county, second only to Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, carries responsibilities which include supporting the voluntary sector; upholding and actively supporting the Royal Family; the judiciary; the police; emergency services; local authorities and church and faith groups.
The prestigious High Sheriff position is one of the oldest secular offices in the UK, and Jim’s appointment reflects his longstanding commitment to local charities and organisations across the Merseyside region.
He has held number of roles of including board member and trustee of Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, former council member of Tate Liverpool and Chair of its development committee and Acting Chair of Liverpool Cathedral Foundation Trustees. Jim is also an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and in 2015 was awarded an OBE and recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for his services to charity and the community in Merseyside.
Jim has also been a key figure in the development and recent launch of the DWF Foundation. As a registered charity, the foundation was created to help drive change throughout communities by providing necessary funds and resources to support homelessness, employability, education and wellbeing initiatives across the UK.
Jim commented: “I feel very honoured and privileged to be appointed as High Sheriff of Merseyside and I intend to spend as much time as possible visiting and supporting many causes in Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, St Helens and Sefton. I have every intention of doing all that I can to help and support the people of Merseyside.”
Jim will be officially installed into the position of High Sheriff of Merseyside during a ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on 21 April 2016.