Aylesbury Vale man sworn in as Buckinghamshire's new High Sheriff

The new High Sheriff of Bucks wants to educate people on the risks of cybercrime.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:17 pm
Buckinghamshire's new High Sheriff, George Anson
Buckinghamshire's new High Sheriff, George Anson

George Anson was sworn in as the next High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire on Friday, March 26, at a virtual Declaration Ceremony presided over by Neil Arnold JP, bench chair of the Buckinghamshire Magistrates Court.

Also attending were Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire The Countess Howe, the resident judge of Aylesbury Crown Court Francis Sheridan, the outgoing High Sheriff Andrew Farncombe and the incoming High Sheriff’s Chaplain, Rev David Meakin.

Mr Anson said: “It is an honour and a privilege to accept this position, and I am very much looking forward to the next 12 months.”

The office of High Sheriff is the oldest secular office in the UK after the Crown, with the High Sheriff appointed personally by The Queen at the Pricking Ceremony held in March each year. The role of High Sheriff has evolved over time, and the current Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated that change.

The central element of supporting the Crown, the judiciary and law enforcement has remained, but the High Sheriffs have had to adapt how they interact and work with crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and the charitable sector.

The term of High Sheriff traditionally lasts for one year.

Mr Anson said his area of focus for his year in office would be highlighting the pervasive and growing impact of cybercrime and online fraud, which have the fastest rates of growth of any crime nationally. Mr Anson intends to campaign to educate people about the risks they face online and how they can make themselves safer.

Born in Canada in 1960, George Anson spent most of his formative years in Iowa, in the American Midwest. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from the University of Iowa in 1982.

He moved to the UK In 1984 and started his career in the City, working initially for GT Management before moving to Hancock Venture Partners (later HarbourVest Partners) in 1990 where he was a founder and partner for 27 years overseeing the company's European and Asian activities. He retired in 2017.

He has been married to Kirsty for 33 years and they have three adult children - Josceline (31), Douglas (28) and Peter (23). The family have lived in north Bucks since 1990, and in Weedon since 1999.

Mr Anson is involved with a number of charitable and not-for-profit organisations, and is a keen golfer and sportsman.