On the day HM The Queen pricked Lt Col Andrew Tuggey DL as High Sheriff of Gwent, Colonel Tuggey appointed Canon Mark Soady as his Chaplain.
Commenting on his appointment Fr Mark said, ” I am honoured to have been asked to be Chaplain to the new High Sheriff. I have worked alongside Colonel Tuggey both in his military capacity and also in his work with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. I am very much looking forward to his term as High Sheriff. I know he will bring a great professionalism and commitment to the role, so it will be great to support him during his year of office.”
Lt Col Andrew Tuggey DL is a former Commanding Officer of the RoyalMons RE(M). He is currently Chief Executive & Secretary of the UK Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.
Whilst the duties of the role have evolved over time, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements of the role today. In addition, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector. In recent years High Sheriffs in many parts of England and Wales have been particularly active in encouraging crime reduction initiatives, especially amongst young people. Many High Sheriffs also assist Community Foundations and local charities working with vulnerable and other people both in endorsing and helping to raise the profile of their valuable work.
The nomination of sheriffs in the counties of Wales was first vested by statute in the Council of Wales and the Marches and the Welsh justices under Henry VIII. With the abolition of the Council in 1689, the power of nomination was transferred to the justices of the Court of Great Sessions in Wales. When this court was abolished in 1830, its rights were in turn transferred to the courts of King’s Bench, Exchequer, and Commons Pleas. Finally, by an Act of Parliament of 1845, the nomination and appointment of sheriffs in Wales was made identical to that in England: That is the appointment is made by HM The Queen pricking the names on a list will being attended by her Privy Council.