High Sheriff of Oxfordshire

The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 2022-2023 is Mr Mark Beard.

Mark is married to Nicola, and they have three children Sophie, George, and Oliver.  Mark has been Chairman/Chief Executive of E W Beard Ltd since 1999 and is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building.  Mark was Oxfordshire Businessman of the Year in 2004 and CEO Magazine Construction Industry Chief Executive of the Year in 2021.

Mark’s interests, include:

  • Member of Henley Business School Advisory Board
  • Governor of Christ Church Cathedral Choir School
  • Patron of Alexander Devine Children’s’ Hospice
  • Patron of Nexus
  • Founder of Beard Charitable Foundation

Mark is a Chartered Environmentalist, a keen real tennis player, and a cricketer who has been a playing member of the MCC for the last 30 years.

Mark was sworn in as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire at a ceremony at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday 31 March 2022.

Contact details for Mark are: oxfordshire@highsheriffs.com

The office of High Sheriff

The office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political royal appointment made by the Queen. 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.