He has a keen interest in everything that makes the County distinctive and, whilst fulfilling the traditional roles of the High Sheriff, will involve himself with all activities help improve the wellbeing of everyone in Rutland.

Originally from West Yorkshire, Richard moved to Leicestershire in 1981 and has been a resident of Rutland since 1989 living in Uppingham with his wife Pat and their two children, Emma and Tom

He has a broad commercial and management background having worked for several multi-national companies. Alongside this, he was a member of the Territorial Army for 24 years before serving with the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for 10 years.


I am a Rutland girl, my parents having moved to Preston in 1969. I went to Oakham school then studied law with French LLB Hons at the University of Birmingham and gained my Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Leicester. I practised as a solicitor for all my working life, mostly at firms in Birmingham and Leicester. I specialised in corporate and business law for private companies, businesses and individuals.

I am very honoured to have been asked every year since 2010 to be the Under Sheriff, as the High Sheriff makes their own appointment each year.

I live in Rutland, I am married to a very patient Michael and my children who keep me fit are a springer spaniel and a Labrador !

CHAPLAIN, Reverend Canon Rachel Watts

Canon Rachel Watts was among the first women to be ordained priest in 1994. She has spent most of her ministry in Lancashire and arrived in Rutland in 2011 as Rector of the Uppingham Benefice.

High Sheriff’s Police Cadet, Bradie Smith

Police cadet Bradie Smith supports the High Sheriff in a host of tasks and at ceremonial events. She has been in the cadets for over 4 years, is a youth ambassador for Paladin, which supports victims of stalking, and is an active volunteer in her community.