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High Sheriff swearing-in ceremony: Sylvia Jay
Tuesday 9 April, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The office of High Sheriff is the oldest secular office in country outside the monarchy. Today, the former very extensive powers which the office enjoyed have gone and the role involves a mix of ceremonial, charitable and community functions. The role is voluntary, unfunded and non-political.
Participating in civic and community events and functions
Offering encouragement to those who are engaged in supporting the voluntary sector and those most in need
Pursuing themes and initiatives which bring communities together and benefit the social fabric of the county.
Ensuring the well-being of High Court Judges when in Oxfordshire
High Sheriff in Nomination
Sylvia Jay was a senior civil servant working in Whitehall and Paris until 1995. She entered the private sector as Director General of the UK Food and Drink Federation in 2001. She has served as a non executive Director of a number of large companies and continues to be on the Boards of Lazard and the Casino Supermarket Group.
Her voluntary work has mainly been to do with prison reform and conservation of churches. She is married to Michael, former UK Ambassador in Paris and head of the Foreign Office, who now sits as a Cross Bencher in the Lords.