Legal eagle is new South Yorkshire High Sheriff

John Holt

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A leading legal firm figure with a strong track record in community work has been appointed as the next High Sheriff of South Yorkshire.

John Holt, a former partner at law firm hlwKeeble Hawson Solicitors, will step into the role on Tuesday during a ceremony held at Sheffield Crown Court.

The role involves looking after the judiciary and supporting the police and crime prevention agencies, emergency services and voluntary sector. The High Sheriff also reviews the wellbeing of High Court judges in the county.

High Sheriffs are also responsible for promoting the voluntary sector within their communities.

The Doncaster-born businessman has been chairman of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice for the past six years.

Mr Holt said: “I feel extraordinarily privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to serve as High Sheriff of the County. It is both daunting and exciting to take on a role, which is the oldest secular office in the United Kingdom after the Crown and has existed for over 1,000 years. I am greatly looking forward to supporting the judiciary as well as learning about and promoting the work of the police, prison and probation services and other agencies involved with crime prevention, particularly among young people. I am also keen to support the fantastic work of the fire service and support a number of voluntary organisations during my time in office.”