Lady Rosemary takes on role of High Sheriff
THE new High Sheriff of Essex, Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise, may be accustomed to family history and tradition, but she also has a keen eye for the future.
Lady Ruggles-Brise is looking forward to working with those who provide community services and aims to help combat crime and disorder.
HISTORIC JOB: Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise
She said: "I am in the process of planning a number of fundraising events to benefit the High Sheriffs' Fund, which since 1997 has distributed over £330,000 in grants to 387 voluntary and community groups working hard to support local people and address crime-related issues.
"I am aware of an awful lot of very good voluntary work going on in Essex and I want to support them. We've been doing Big Society ever since I can remember."
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She made her formal declaration in front of Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant of Essex, and four crown court judges at a gathering of distinguished guests in the New Street court last month.
Lady Ruggles-Brise took the title of the 831st High Sheriff of Essex, a role that dates back to Saxon times and was also held by her father-in-law, Captain Guy Ruggles-Brise, in 1967.
Born and bred in Scotland, the mother of five moved to the county in 1975 when she married Sir Timothy Ruggles-Brise.
She is keenly interested in running the family business at Spains Hall, which is a hospitality business and a wedding venue.
Three years ago she became Deputy Lieutenant of Essex.
She shares an interest in the penal system, following in the steps of her husband's great great-uncle Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise, who founded Borstal schools.
Her husband's step-grandmother, Lady Barbara Ruggles-Brise, was awarded the MBE for her voluntary work in HMP Wandsworth in the 50s and 60s.
Lady Ruggles-Brise was previously chairman of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Chelmsford.