Did you know that the High Sheriff holds an honorary position on the board of trustees at the Shropshire Community Foundation? This year we welcome Mandy Thorn MBE DL – she brings a wealth of local and national business knowledge to the board and has ambitious plans to celebrate Shropshire’s unsung heroes during her year in office.
Introducing the High Sheriff
The High Sheriff of Shropshire holds the position of Honorary trustee on the board of trustees at the Shropshire Community Foundation. The role of the High Sheriff is as the King’s representative for the county, for all matters relating to the judiciary and the maintenance of law and order. These days the role is less about keeping the peace: the High Sheriff is in a unique position to be able to bring people together within the county and to support the enormous contribution made by the emergency services, the armed forces, local authorities, church and faith groups and the voluntary community.
Mandy Thorn MBE DL
This year, we welcome Mandy Thorn MBE DL as high sheriff and onto our board of trustees. Mandy is one of Shropshire’s best-known businesswomen, a former chair of the Marches LEP, former president of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and former chair of Lingen Davies Cancer Trust.
Mandy was also a founding director of Shropshire Partners in Care and former vice chair of the National Care Association, she has also been a governor of Telford College and non-executive director at Business Link Shropshire. She is currently a trustee of the national charity Skills for Care and for the Harper Adams University Development Trust.
Celebrating unsung heroes
During her term in office, she has pledged to shine a light on the county’s unsung heroes. Mandy commented she will use her year in office to highlight the people, groups and organisations who go the extra mile to make Shropshire such a special place to work and live.
“Shropshire is full of people who give up their time to help others in all sorts of remarkable ways and I want to take the opportunity of my year in office to say thank you to as many of them as possible.
“It might be the postman who goes out of his way to keep an eye on the elderly people on his round, or the sporting group which does everything it can to help people of all ages and abilities to stay active.
“It could be a business which uses its profile to support community groups and initiatives or encourages and supports its staff in volunteer work, or a group of villagers who collect all the litter from the roads and lanes in their area.
“Wherever people, businesses or communities are going the extra mile to make this wonderful county an even better place to live, I want to help celebrate them.”
Mandy will be launching an Unsung Heros Award at RAF Cosford on Sunday 24th September, we look forward to sharing more details about the awards, the event and how you can get involved shortly.
We are thrilled to welcome Mandy to the board this year.
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