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New High Sheriff of Lancashire is sworn in

The new High Sheriff of Lancashire has been sworn in at a special ceremony at County Hall, Preston today (Friday 8 April).

Martin Ainscough DL of Parbold Hall, has officially begun his year in office taking over from the current High Sheriff Edwin Booth CBE DL.

Steeped in history, the role of High Sheriff dates back 1,000 years. Each year HM The Queen personally appoints the High Sheriff of Lancashire.

The High Sheriff is HM the Queen’s representative in the county, overseeing all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.

In current times the office of High Sheriff is held for one year and their main role is to protect and assist in upholding the dignity and wellbeing of HM Judges, together with other public duties.

They support and encourage the voluntary sector and statutory organisations who work in Lancashire.

Speaking on his appointment, Mr Ainscough said: “To become High Sheriff of Lancashire is a great honour for me and my family. My uncle was High Sheriff in 1979.

"In my year of responsibility, I will endeavour to work closely with the police, the judiciary and our emergency services.

"It is also my intention to encourage and to support the many voluntary groups who work tirelessly to create positive and lasting relationships with all of Lancashire’s diverse cultures and religious groups.”

Mr Ainscough is the founder and managing director of a group of hospitality businesses across the North West.

His career has included 10 years in the city working as a brewing and leisure analyst, latterly for Nomura, the Japanese bank.

In 1995 he returned home and established a small hospitality business with his sister Helen. Mr Ainscough continues to run this business with outlets across the North West.

Most recently, Mr Ainscough has been chairman of Lakeland Arts for ten years, spearheading the project to build the award-winning Windermere Jetty Museum, which opened in 2019.

The office of High Sheriff is carried out on a voluntary basis. The High Sheriff does not receive any salary or expenses.

For more information, visit the High Sheriff of Lancashire website.

Notes to editors


A picture of the High Sheriff taken before the ceremony appears on the header of this news release.

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Profile of Martin John Ainscough DL

  • Born in Wigan, brought up on the family farm in Parbold.
  • Gained a degree in agricultural business management at Imperial College London then worked in the city as a brewing and leisure analyst, latterly for Nomura.
  • After 10 years in the city, set up a pub and restaurant business in 1995 with other family members. Branded as Ainscoughs, it operates a small group of pubs and wedding venues in the North of England.
  • He was vice chairman of Compton Verney in Warwickshire and latterly chairman of Lakeland Arts, where he spearheaded the building of Windermere Jetty, the award-winning boat museum. He retired in 2021.
  • Mr Ainscough was a governor of Edge Hill University in Ormskirk until 2019.
  • He is currently an advisory board member of the Granada Foundation and a trustee of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust.
  • He is passionate about working cocker spaniels, gardening, the arts and trees.