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High Sheriff of Oxfordshire

The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 2023-2024 is Mrs Sally Scott

Sally Scott lives in Shenington, a village on the very northern border of Oxfordshire having moved there twenty-four years ago from London. Sally worked in communications and finished her career at Charles Barker Plc as a main board director.

Since retiring from a full-time career, she has been deputy chair of Governors of her local school and advised and supported various charities including The Clink of which her husband is founder and Chairman.

Sally’s work in the third sector includes being a trustee of Getting Court, a charity aimed at preventing youth offending, actively supporting Young Shakespeare – a project involving the RSC bringing Shakespeare to schoolchildren, supporting British Youth Opera and the Chindwin Clinic (building a clinic in a remote part on Myanmar).

During her term as High Sheriff, Sally aims to raise awareness of the many issues that result in crime - addiction, homelessness, etc, and to support initiatives that help address the causes before the involvement of the Criminal Justice System.

Sally’s focus on this issue results from her upbringing as a policeman’s daughter and her concern that the public often fails to recognise the enormous contribution to all our lives that the police make.

Sally is married to Finlay, a farmer and retired entrepreneur, she is an enthusiastic fly fisher, event horse owner, gardener, and supporter of the arts.

Sally was sworn in as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire at a ceremony at Oxford Combined Court Centre on Tuesday 4 April 2023.

Contact details for Sally are: oxfordshire@highsheriffs.com

The office of High Sheriff

The office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political royal appointment made by the King. While the role dates back to Saxon times, it has evolved to include a mix of ceremonial, charitable and community functions and is voluntary and unfunded. Supporting the crown (for example, attendance at royal visits) and judiciary remain central elements.