Bea and Bob in their garden


Bob Tabor was Declared as High Sheriff of Herefordshire on the 4th April 2013.  The Declaration Ceremony was held in the Court at The Shirehall in Hereford. He has lived and worked in the County for 43 years.  He has been married to his wife Bea for that time and they live at Llanrothal in the south of the County.

After school, he spent a year at the School of Navigation at Warsash before joining  the Shaw Savill and Albion Shipping Company as an Officer Cadet.  He travelled around the world with many visits to Australia and New Zealand.

On leaving the Merchant Navy he went into the Motor Industry and in 1973 he started South Hereford Garages Ltd.  The business represents Audi and Volkswagen products in Herefordshire and adjoining Counties.  Having led the company for 35 years, in 2008 he sold his shares to a management buy-in.

In the mid-Nineties, he was Chairman of the Audi, Volkswagen National Dealer Council representing the National Dealer Body in the UK and at the European Dealer Council.

Bob has been a Trustee of The Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust for 14 years and is also a Churchwarden at St Mary’s, Welsh Newton, South Herefordshire.

Bob and Bea were brought up to respect animals and nature.  They run a small farm and have a mutual love of animals and the countryside.  Bob was introduced to sailing and motor cars at a very early age.  He is a keen cruising yachtsman and has sailed across the Atlantic three times and around Cape Horn in 2006.  He also has an interest in classic cars and raced in the Eighties and Nineties.

In 2012 Bob was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire.

In the same year, The Countess of Darnley asked him to organise a suitable vessel to represent Herefordshire in the Thames Jubilee Pageant.  He set up a committee of ex-Naval Herefordians which organised the building of The Hereford Bull, a replica River Wye Trow.  The Hereford Bull successfully took part in the Thames Jubilee Pageant.  The future for the Trow is that it will be operated as a tourist attraction as well as offering educational and training opportunities for young people.  Bob continues to be involved as President.

During his year as High Sheriff, as well as carrying out his civic duties, Bob has a particular interest in supporting the cause of road safety in the County and he will be working closely with the Road Safety Partnership, the Police and Fire and Rescue Services and Herefordshire Council.  Bob would also like to use his Shrieval year to meet as many different people and organisations from around the County as possible.  Both Bob and Bea really look forward to this.