The High Sheriff in Nomination

Amy Crawfurd JP

To enable the requirements of the Sheriffs Act 1887 to be fulfilled, it is the customary duty of an incumbent High Sheriff to nominate, in consultation with the County Nomination Panel, a successor to serve in their county in three years’ time.

"My husband, Edward, and I have lived in the beautiful county of Northamptonshire since 1992, when he was appointed as a consultant at Northampton General Hospital. I ran his private practice for nearly thirty years. Previously I worked in London in public relations, both on the investor and consumer side, with a company that took me all over the world.

Alongside my role at the medical practice and a busy family life with four children, I wanted to concentrate my efforts on giving back to the community.  Over the years I have taken on a number of voluntary roles, including Foundation Governor at our local Church of England primary school, and churchwarden, member and Lay Chair of the PCC at our local church. In 2005 I was appointed as a magistrate in Towcester, but now sit in Northampton and Wellingborough courts. Recently I have become a Trustee of the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT).

As a magistrate I sit in the Adult and Youth Courts as a presiding justice. I have further responsibilities as Deputy Chair of the Northamptonshire Bench and I am the lead link between the Bench and the local probation team. I have a particular interest in Youth justice and was Youth Panel Chair for three years. During my Chairmanship several local progressive initiatives relating to young offenders were launched which are now recognised nationally.  Additionally, I am a member of the Magistrates’ Association, and am part of a team delivering a Magistrates in the Community programme, educating students about the justice system. The children cannot believe we don’t get paid as magistrates and are rather disappointed we don’t wear wigs in court!

During my year as High Sheriff I will be continuing my commitment to local justice, although I have to suspend my magisterial duties. Children today face many challenges: my mission is to support and help those who have no voice. Through this unique role, I want to highlight and congratulate the many outstanding charities and unsung individuals who make Northamptonshire such a brilliant place."

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