Dr Robina Shah (a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester) was officially installed as The High Sheriff of the region on 12 April in a ceremony at the University’s Whitworth Hall. Each year a parchment called the Lites is presented to Her Majesty by the Chancellor of the Duchy with the names of those recommended to become High Sheriffs for the ensuing year.

Dr Shah is a Chartered Consultant Psychologist and Director of the University’s Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience, an innovative centre which involves patients and the public in the training of doctors. She is a graduate of the University and is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine Open Section Council.

The Office of High Sheriff is a year-long independent non-political Royal appointment which dates back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown.

The High Sheriffs central role is to support the Crown and the judiciary. They also support the police, emergency services, probation, prison services and voluntary sector organisations.

Dr Shah will also support charities and organisations working with young people and other vulnerable members of the community.

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