Saturday, 1 December 2012

New Surrey High Sheriff from the Catholic Community

Karin Sehmer, the new High Sheriff in front of Guildford Cathedral
Andy Newbold from Haslemere, Hindhead and Chiddingfold Parish reports:
In a ceremony at Guildford Cathedral, Karin Sehmer, a parishioner from St Teresa’s, Chiddingfold, was installed in March as the new High Sheriff of Surrey.

The appointment of High Sheriff lasts for one year and, since the post has legal connections with the judiciary system, the courts and the prisons, the person chosen often comes from this background.

Formerly a rheumatologist at Guildford’s Royal Surrey County Hospital, Karin spent many years as a forensic medical examiner for the police and has been Deputy Coroner for Surrey since 2000.

Since being appointed, Karin has attended many official events and was honoured by being presented to the Queen at the Derby during the Jubilee. One of her main functions will be supporting the High Sheriff Youth Awards throughout the county and she will also be focusing her efforts on charities dealing the physically disabled and drug abuse.

Karin looks forward to a very busy year and will have the full backing of her husband, Jamie, and their three grown-up sons, as well as fellow parishioners in Chiddingfold and Haslemere.

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