Nicholas Robertson DL made his Declaration as the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire at the Northampton Combined Court Centre on 5th April  2019.

My childhood was spent in London, a stone’s throw from the Thames, which gave me a love of boats. Perhaps as well, because polio at the age of two meant that school sports were difficult. My early years were spent building and sailing small dinghies.

After teaching science and sailing in Sydney, Australia for two terms, I studied Engineering and Economics at Oxford and became a Chartered Accountant at the firm of Peat Marwick. I then joined the Royal Dutch Shell Group, being sent almost immediately to Mozambique, just after independence and at the time of the crisis in Zimbabwe and the Lancaster House talks. As Finance and then General Manager of one of the few businesses still operating, Maputo was full of interesting people and issues, with Robert Mugabe as our neighbour.

Subsequently, while living in Canada, my wife Georgie and I decided that Northamptonshire was the place for us, and have since spent thirty two happy years in this County. We have two children; Ralph and Guy. Ralph is a Consultant Paediatrician and Guy designs for Cartier in Paris.

I have travelled extensively for work, in many different roles. After my last job in Shell, as head of Group Risk Management, I decided to do something more local to Northamptonshire.

I am lucky enough to have been a governor of the University of Northampton through the time of decision and building of the inspired new Waterside Campus. I have also been on the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Northampton General Hospital and Mental Health Matters, and have been involved with a number of other Charities and organisations both local and national. As Chair of the industry and commerce group of Deputy Lieutenants for Northamptonshire, the way that businesses and the wider community can interact most effectively to support each other, is of particular interest.

Apart from the Monarchy, the office of High Sheriff is the oldest in the land with origins that can be traced to Saxon times.

High Sheriffs continue to represent the Sovereign in their counties on matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order and their responsibilities are conferred on them by the Crown through warrant from the Privy Council. At the annual nomination ceremony on 12 November in the Royal Court of Justice, three names are put forward for the office of High Sheriff in each county. Subsequently, the selection of a new High Sheriff is made from these names in March each year in the Privy Council by the Sovereign who, by ancient custom, pricks a hole beside the appointed name with a bodkin.

Today, High Sheriffs aim to support voluntary and statutory organisations engaged in aspects of law and order in their county. They have a particular role in supporting the Judiciary and take a special interest in the activities of such statutory bodies as the police, the prison service and the probation service. Under the Criminal Law Act 1826, they are required to give monetary awards to people who, in the opinion of Judges at a criminal trial, have been active in the apprehension of an offender.

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