High Sheriff of Oxfordshire

The current High Sheriff of Oxfordshire is Tony Stratton DL

The office of High Sheriff is the oldest secular office in country outside the monarchy. Today, the former very extensive powers which the office enjoyed have gone and the role involves a mix of ceremonial, charitable and community functions. The role is voluntary, unfunded and non-political.

Duties include:

  • Participating in civic and community events and functions
  • Conferring High Sheriff’s Awards which recognise the work of individuals and community groups in the county
  • Pursuing themes and initiatives which bring communities together and benefit the social fabric of the county.
  • Ensuring the well being of High Court Judges when in Oxfordshire

The current High Sheriff of Oxfordshire

The current High Sheriff of Oxfordshire is Tony Stratton.

Tony and wife Di have lived in Oxfordshire for 38 years, moving from Wiltshire in 1976 when Tony joined CPM in Thame. Appointed to the CPM board in 1980, he became MD in 1989, CEO in 1990 and non-executive Chairman in 2013. Retiring from CPM at the end of 2012, he is now Chairman Emeritus, a role that enables him to stay involved as an ambassador and advisor.

Tony was a founding director of Tonic Life Communications and The Quantic Group where he is still Chairman. He is also Chairman of bChannels – an Oxford based specialist agency serving clients in the technology sector.

In 2004 Tony joined the board of Oxford Inspires, Oxfordshire’s cultural development agency, becoming Chair in 2006, overseeing the merger with Visit Oxford in 2011 that resulted in the creation of Experience Oxfordshire. Currently a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, he serves as a member of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management Advisory Board, a trustee of Oxford Brookes Student Union and is a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Marketors and a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.

His interests revolve around sport and culture and his passion is rugby union. A regular at Twickenham to support the English rugby team, he has managed to attend every Rugby World Cup semi-final and final, with the exceptions of 1987 and 2011 when the finals were played in New Zealand.  He enjoys most musical genres, especially modern jazz.

Tony married Dian Baker in 1971. They live in Oxford, have one son, R-J and three grandchildren – Maisie, Alfie and Elliott.

High Sheriffs are entitled to apply for a grant of Arms, which is visually represented by a design of Arms, illustrating important elements in High Sheriff’s life. Tony and Di married in Malmesbury Abbey, the south door of which forms the crest of his Coat of Arms, reflecting both 42 years of marriage and his interest in church architecture. The 3 rugby balls illustrate his passion for rugby and his 3 grandchildren. The three crosses equate to connections, relationships and distribution, as in “Distributive Trade” with the colours and wavy line taken from the Arms of Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, his home county. His motto – Enitere et Praesta – translates as Strive and Exceed

Contact the High Sheriff

Tony Stratton
Watch Hill
The Ridings
Oxfordshire  OX3 8TB

Email:  oxfordshirehighsheriff@gmail.com
Mobile Tel:   07850 261777

Under Sheriff of Oxfordshire

His Honour Judge Julian Hall

Unlike many other counties, Oxfordshire does not have a permanent Under Sheriff and so the High Sheriff in Nomination undertakes the role. Oxfordshire does have a Shrieval Remembrancer however, who undertakes many of the Under Sheriff's functions and is currently His Honour Judge Julian Hall.


Tom Birch Reynardson will be sworn in as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire on 14 April 2015 and will serve for a year until April 2016. Tom was brought up in South Oxfordshire and lives in Adwell, near Thame.

He is a solicitor specialising in international law and runs his own firm which has offices in Oxfordshire and in London. Tom is a trustee of the Comité Maritime Internationale Charitable Trust which promotes education in international law.

Tom is married to Imogen and has 4 children.

Contact the High Sheriff in Nomination

Tom Birch Reynardson
Adwell House

Email: highsheriffoxon@outlook.com

Tel: 01844 281 184

Last reviewed
03 April 2014
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