The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire

Milan Shah

High Sheriffs are appointed by His Majesty the King to represent him in each county in matters relating to the judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.

It is now half a century since Milan first moved to Northamptonshire, completing his education in the town of Wellingborough and later running a small business there focused on food ingredients. Over those decades, it has been his privilege to have been able to serve the county and its communities in various ways: for example, as President of Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, director of the Local Enterprise Partnership and Chairman of the University of Northampton, where he is now an Honorary Fellow. He is excited at the opportunity to take a deep dive into a less familiar aspect of the county and to support and champion all those who work so hard throughout the criminal justice, law and order sector, especially in a voluntary capacity.

A spice trader by profession, Milan has three decades of experience at the nexus of food security, sustainability and international trade. With a keen awareness of the challenges facing global food and farming supply chains, Milan has been a director of the EU lobby for agri-produce traders, CELCAA, President of a global commodity trade association, the IGPA, and a Council member of GAFTA, on whose contracts the majority of the grain crops that feed the world are traded.

Adept at working with multilateral institutions, such as the FAO and the WTO, he was a member of the UN International Year of Pulses 2016 steering committee and is now focused on the International Year of Millets 2023. Milan has also chaired the Council of Trustees at the Vegetarian Society and is a long-standing apologist for the shift to more sustainable diets.

A keen promoter of organ donation, Milan continues to look more broadly at systemic constraints within transplantation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Director, with a focus on corporate governance, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, specialising in international commodity trading disputes. Milan is a Member of the Order of the British Empire and read Philosophy, Politics and Economics before entering the spice trade.

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