Peter Kara was sworn in as High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire on Friday 7th April 2017; he will serve as High Sheriff for 12 months, serving in an office which dates back over 1,000 years.
Peter is a qualified accountant with a long career in private companies and currently provides financial support and strategic planning advice to small and medium-sized companies. Since 1991, he has had a wide range of involvement in the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes and was treasurer of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (now Rethink). He has been a trustee of the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and a director of its subsidiary, MK Community Properties Limited since 1995, having served terms as chairman of both organisations.
Peter has been involved with local NHS boards as a non-executive director since 1993 and currently is on the boards of the Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group and the East of England Ambulance Trust. He hopes that his year in office will provide opportunities to promote wider discussion on mental health, particularly initiatives focusing on prevention and early intervention;
“I sincerely hope that my role as High Sheriff will provide opportunities to profile some of the wonderful work being done within the voluntary sector in respect of mental wellbeing and to highlight the unnecessary stigma and barriers that prevent early and effective treatment for some whose lives are touched by a mental health issue”.
Peter moved to Buckinghamshire in 1980 and lives in Bletchley. As well as being a passionate support of the voluntary sector, he also finds time for other pastimes - he enjoys reading, participating in sporting activities, he takes a keen interest in astronomy and likes to travel.
We wish Peter a fantastic year in his new role and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the former High Sheriff, Milly Soames, for her dedication to service!
Photo credit Marion Mason