Doctor is appointed the new High Sheriff of the region
ASTOCKPORT doctor has been chosen by the Queen to become the next High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.
Dr Robina Shah, a Manchester University graduate from Stockport, who is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and a Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, was picked by the Queen in a ceremony called Pricking of the Lites.
Dr Shah also holds a number of other positions, including being Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine Open Section Council and A Justice of the Peace.
The role of the High Sheriff, which is unpaid, is largely ceremonial and a new High Sheriff is picked on a yearly basis.
Officially, the High Sheriff is the Queen’s judicial representative in the county.
This means they uphold the royal family, judiciary, emergency services, local authorities and all organised faith groups in their county.
The role can be traced back 1,000 years, with High Sheriffs being mentioned in the medieval Magna Carta.
Dr Shah said: “I am truly honoured and humbled to be appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to take the role of High Sheriff.
“It is a huge privilege to be the custodian of this historic public service role and I promise to serve the people of Greater Manchester with dignity, humility and sincerity throughout my year of office.
“I will use this role as an opportunity to promote programmes run by our excellent volunteers in organisations that help vulnerable people – especially children, the frail and elderly, carers and others experiencing social and material deprivation.”
Coun Linda Holt, mayor of Stockport, said: “I have known Robina for years as a very supportive Deputy Lieutenant on the Stockport District Committee.
“She is a regular presence at Stockport’s Citizenship ceremonies and is greatly appreciated and welcomed by all.”
●● Dr Robina Shah