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Health visitor becomes Sheriff of Nottingham

7th April 2020

Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd DBE DL, a former health visitor, who is in social isolation, was the first High Sheriff in Nottinghamshire to be installed utilising electronic communication. Many health visitors will remember Liz from when she chaired the Government’s Task force into health visiting during the Call to Action during 2012-2015.

Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd DBE DL being installed as the first High Sheriff in Nottinghamshire utilising electronic communication

The High Sheriff is one of the oldest roles in the country going back over a thousand years, thereby pre-dating Robin Hood by several hundred years. The role is non political and completely unremunerated.

High Sheriffs play an increasingly active and supportive role within their Counties both in relation to the Police and emergency services and in lending encouragement to public sector agencies such as the probation and prison services and to voluntary sector organisations involved in crime reduction and social cohesion. The principal formal duties of High Sheriffs today include attendance at royal visits in the County and support for Her Majesty’s High Court Judges when on Circuit.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV said:

“Liz is one of our Honorary Fellows and has been a great friend to the Institute, always available for sound advice. It’s wonderful to hear about her success as a public servant. It feels extraordinary that a health visitor might take up the mantle of Sheriff of Nottingham – it’s a massive achievement for Liz.  I expect that she will call on her health visiting training in her new role, we wish her every success.”

Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd DBE DL, being installed as the first High Sheriff in Nottinghamshire utilising electronic communication