Introduction from The High Sheriff

I was born in Bromsgrove in 1964 and was adopted at a week old. I have spent the majority of my working life in the West Midlands. Since I set up my own business in 2002, I have tried to use my success as a force for good to influence the lives of those less fortunate. This will be at the heart of how I operate as the High Sheriff of the West Midlands.

It is a great honour for me to have been chosen for this prestigious role. It is a particularly special year as the West Midlands celebrates fifty years in 2024. Throughout my year I will be endeavouring to spend my time equally across all the seven boroughs which make up the West Midlands. Contained within the High Sheriff magazine magazine there is listing of all fifty previous High Sheriffs which makes very impressive reading and includes two of the philanthropic Cadbury family and our own Sir John Crabtree, who delivered the most excellent 2022 Commonwealth Games, amongst many other wonderful individuals. To even be associated with such people is something I’m both flattered by and makes me mindful of the task ahead.

Please enjoy this website which contains lots of facts about the role and its history. I’m sure you will have many questions about my role and the history of the High Sheriff.

I would be incredibly grateful if you can help to educate the younger generation about the role. Please do reach out to us, and I would be delighted to visit you. I’m very lucky to be ably assisted through my year by Becky, Greg and Kayleigh within their respective roles (more of which is explained later on). A huge thanks to all the exceptional cadets who I have appointed to join me throughout the year. I’ve been impressed at how they all care about creating a real difference to society at such a young age. Indeed, one has already saved a person’s life!

Finally, my charity for the year will be Kids’ Village, a wonderful enterprise with which I am personally involved as Chairman. We are seeking to build the UK’s very first respite holiday village for children, and their families, with critical illnesses in a beautiful place just outside Lichfield. Further details of this amazing charity can be found at kidsvillage.org.uk. I am certain the charity will appreciate your support in whatever way you are able to offer it.

It’s going to be a wonderful year and I would love you to be part of my journey. I look forward to meeting you in and around the West Midlands.

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The High Sheriff

Douglas Wright MBE

The High Sheriff Chaplain

Revd Canon Becky Stephens

The High Sheriff Appointments

The Under Sheriff - Greg Lowson & The High Sheriff Clerk - Kayleigh Humphries

The High Sheriff Cadets

West Midlands Police Cadets, St John Ambulance Cadets & West Midlands Fire Service Cadets