Lancashire’s new High Sheriff has been officially sworn in at a historic ceremony at County Hall.
Ann Dean was installed into office on Thursday, April 18. Ann takes over from the outgoing High Sheriff Jeremy Gorick.
As Lancashire’s new High Sheriff, Ann continues a tradition stretching back to at least the middle of the tenth century. The office of High Sheriff is held for a year and the role is an important part of Lancashire’s heritage. The role of High Sheriff is to ‘protect and assist in upholding the dignity and well being of Her Majesty’s Judges and to represent The Queen’s executive powers in respect of the administration of justice in the county’. Ann lives in Broughton. She has a husband and two grown-up children.
She is the founder of Benetimo PR, a marketing company specialising in strategic planning and PR for the healthcare sector. Ann said: “I think it is important to continue the good work that Jeremy has been doing throughout the year and also to do as much community work as possible. I plan to focus on education, business and community work during my time as High Sheriff.
To be named as High Sheriff, you have to receive approval from HM the Queen. This makes it a very prestigious appointment and one which I’m both delighted and humbled to receive.”