High Sheriff of Oxfordshire

The current High Sheriff of Oxfordshire is Tom Birch Reynardson

Tom and his wife Imogen live at Adwell, near Thame, where he was brought up. He is a solicitor specialising in international law and runs his own firm which has offices in Oxfordshire and in London. He was sworn in as High Sheriff on 14 April 2015 and will serve for a year.

Tom is a trustee of the Comité Maritime Internationale Charitable Trust which promotes education in international law.

He is the fifth generation of his family to be High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, following his father Bill in 1974, grandfather Henry in 1958, great grandfather William in 1913 and great, great grandfather Henry in 1861.

During his year as High Sheriff he will be initiating the "Getting Court" programme which will give children the opportunity to learn about the role of the courts and the justice system and to attend a working court.

He is keen on riding and gardening and he has a particular love of the countryside. Tom and Imogen have four children, George, Daisy, William and Edward.

Contact the High Sheriff

Tom Birch Reynardson
Adwell House

Email: highsheriffoxon@outlook.com

Tel: 01844 281184
PA: Tracy Miles - 07921 820652

The office of High Sheriff

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
  • Offering encouragement to those who are engaged in supporting the voluntary sector and those most in need
  • 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

High Sheriff in nominationSarah Taylor

Unlike many other counties, Oxfordshire does not have a permanent Under Sheriff and so the High Sheriff in Nomination undertakes the role.

Sarah Taylor is High Sheriff in Nomination. She is Chairman of the League of Friends of Thame Community Hospital and a Visitor of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum (OBGHA), as well as a Director of the Friends of OBGHA, Trustee of Oxfordshire Victoria County History Trust and Vice Chairman of the Thames & Chilterns Branch of the Historic Houses Association.

Sarah is a former fund manager in the City of London. She is married to Bernard Taylor, an Oxfordshire Deputy Lieutenant, and they have one son. She lives at Rycote Park near Thame.  

Sarah Taylor will be sworn in as High Sheriff on Tuesday 19 April 2016.

Contact: oxfordshirehighsheriff@gmail.com

Shrieval Remembrancer

Oxfordshire does have a Shrieval Remembrancer however, who undertakes many of the Under His Honour Judge Julian HallSheriff's functions and is currently His Honour Judge Julian Hall.


Last reviewed
16 April 2015
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