David Taylor

King Charles appoints his first High Sheriff of Lancashire

The King has appointed his first High Sheriff of Lancashire to be sworn in later this month.

David Taylor CBE DL, who has an outstanding record of working in important institutions over his forty years in the county, is currently Chairman of the University of Central Lancashire and Deputy Chairman of Preston North End.

The incoming High Sheriff of Lancashire said: “It is a great honour to be appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire, a position that dates back over a millennia. 

"I am proud to add my name to the list of outstanding occupants of the role.  In my time as High Sheriff I will work closely with the Police and emergency services supporting the work they do to keep the people of our county safe. 

"I will also work closely with and support community groups and the voluntary sector throughout the county.   These groups help to sustain our diverse county and cohesion between our communities."

Mr Taylor has served as both a Director and Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and been one of the leading exponents of urban regeneration in the country.

Spanning his impressive career in business locally and nationally, he was a Director of the Manchester Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Development Authority, which delivered the London 2012 Games.

The historic role of High Sheriff dates back over 1,000 years and is personally appointed annually by the reigning monarch. Their role is to be HM The King's representative in the county, overseeing all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.

The office of High Sheriff is held for one year. It is purely voluntary and does not receive any salary or expenses.

Mr Taylor will take over from Martin Ainscough DL of Parbold Hall.