The current High Sheriff of Herefordshire is Tricia Thomas.

Tricia and Richard Thomas

To be asked to be the High Sheriff of your county is such an honour, and while I was surprised to have been nominated, I am delighted to be part of 986 years of Shrieval history in Herefordshire

I was born into a farming family and brought up on the edge of the Fens in Huntingdonshire.  With a passion for farming (especially pigs), after school I went to agricultural college before coming to work on a farm in Pencombe.

There I met my husband to be, Richard Thomas, whose family farmed in the village and with whom I shared many interests – farming, horse racing, fast cars and being busy to name a few.  We were married in June 1982 and went on to have Megan in 1984 and George in 1986.  We are proud grandparents of two granddaughters.

While we had both anticipated nothing other than a life of farming, in 1989 we took on a small diversification project on Richard’s family farm, selling roofing sheets.  From small beginnings grew the business which is now Thomas Panels and Profiles.  Until this year, I have had daily involvement in the business in Finance, HR and Operations.  I hope to use my experience during my year in office developing a project to help prepare young people for work.

I am so pleased that the Revd Andrew Mottram has agreed to be my Chaplin.  His wealth of knowledge of the City of Hereford and the county in general has already proved invaluable.  Jeremy Wilding MBE of Gabbs Solicitors Hereford has kindly agreed to continue as Under-Sheriff, an office he has held for the last 8 High Sheriffs. I have benefited hugely already from the support of past High Sheriffs of Herefordshire, and from others taking office in neighbouring counties this year.

The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 will undoubtedly mean that my Shrieval year will take a different path to that I had anticipated, but I hope I will, at some point, be able to support and promote the many good organisations operating in our beautiful county.