Transform Chair nominated as future High Sheriff

13 November 2012

The Chair of Transform Housing & Support, Elizabeth Kennedy, has been nominated as a High Sheriff in Waiting for Surrey and is expected to have her year of office in 2015/16.

Mrs Kennedy was one of three names nominated as a High Sheriff in Waiting for Surrey at The Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday 12 November.

Elizabeth Kennedy lives in Cobham and since September 2010 has been Chair of Transform Housing & Support.

The High Sheriff of Surrey is appointed by The Queen and holds office for one year. Three names are submitted to The Queen each March and Her Majesty selects the High Sheriff by ‘pricking’ their name with a brass bodkin. The High Sheriff is in theory The Queen's legal representative in the County, although in practice it is now largely a ceremonial role.

Elizabeth has extensive business management experience, working for well-known retailers such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Debenhams. She moved to Cobham with her late husband in 1978 and ran her own retail business in the town for nearly 20 years. Now retired, Elizabeth’s interests include travel and spending time with her grandson.

On the announcement of her nomination, Elizabeth Kennedy said:

“I am delighted to have been nominated as a High Sheriff in Waiting for Surrey for 2015/16 and will be honoured to serve the people of this County in this historic office. I see it as a wonderful opportunity to get to know and help many parts of Surrey.”

Elizabeth has engaged in a range of charitable interests since her retirement. She joined the Board of Transform Housing & Support in 2008 and was appointed Chair in 2010. During 2012 she has hosted a series of events to celebrate our 40th birthday, including a reception hosted by the charity’s Royal Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO at her home Bagshot Park.

Elizabeth is also Chair of the charity African Revival and is involved with the Cobham community group Envisage and the Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust.

Previous High Sheriffs of Surrey who have held the role include Transform Patrons actress Penelope Keith CBE DL and composer Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE DL.

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