MK Community Foundation are excited to welcome Ruth Farwell CBE DL as the newly appointed High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire. Ruth Farwell was sworn in as High Sheriff on 6th April at the Crown Court in Aylesbury having been confirmed in her appointment by the Queen a few weeks earlier; Ruth will serve as High Sheriff for 12 months.
Ruth is a mathematician with a BSc (Hons) and a PhD, both from the University of Kent. Her career, which spans over forty years in higher education, has included two research fellowships at Kent and Imperial College, as well as lecturing in Maths at St. Mary’s University before moving onto the University of Brighton, where she had a succession of posts.
In 1998, she became Dean of Academic Affairs at London South Bank University and was later appointed the Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Ruth was later Vice-Chancellor at Buckinghamshire New University, retiring in January 2015.
Ruth has also held the position of chair of the higher education representative body, GuildHE, serving on its executive for seven years. Other posts that Ruth has held, have included a further education college governor and chair, and a member of the board of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. Ruth now runs her own consultancy and undertakes voluntary work.
Ruth has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2015 for services to higher education. In 2015 she was also made a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.
“I feel truly honoured to have been nominated as High Sheriff and have been overwhelmed by the warmth with which I have been welcomed to various organisations and events around the county since I started in the role. I am looking forward to a rewarding, and busy year of service to the county.
The role of High Sheriff goes back many centuries. In modern times the role of the High Sheriff is symbolic, standing for law and order in their county. During my year I will support the organisations upholding the criminal justice system and enforcing law and order as well as the many volunteers and charities tackling social problems and helping to create harmonious communities. I see that the value I can add is the potential to connect these individuals and organisations and, when they are so often misrepresented, to acknowledge publicly the important contribution they make.”
In undertaking her role, Ruth will have a particular focus on highlighting the place that education and skills have in beating crime, including promoting the raising of educational attainment as a means of preventing involvement in crime.
We wish Ruth a fantastic year in her new role and would like to take this opportunity to thank the former High Sheriff, Peter Kara, for his dedication to service.