The Office of High Sheriff of Lancashire

The High Sheriff of Lancashire has ancient origins and is personally appointed by the King in his Right as Duke of Lancaster. The office, as Keeper of the Kings Peace, is unpaid and held for one year.


David was born and brought up in the Scottish Borders. He studied architecture at Dundee University and the Architectural Association in London qualifying as an Architect and Planner.

David met his wife Brenda when they were both working in London and they moved to Preston forty years ago. They have two married sons and four lovely grandchildren.

David is Chairman of Preston based DTP Limited, one of the leading exponents of urban regeneration in the country. David was the founding Managing Director of Lancashire Enterprises Limited the County Councils pioneering job creation initiative. He was then recruited by AMEC to establish its development company working on projects worldwide. Following this he was then recruited by the Government to set up English Partnership s (now Homes England) which was responsible for numerous major projects such as the Millennium Dome in London.

David was a Director of the Manchester Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Development Authority which delivered the London 2012 Games. Over the last thirty years David has been Deputy Chairman of Preston North End FC . More recently he has built a portfolio of companies focused on green technologies. From 2014 David was a director of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and served as chairman for two years.

David has been Pro Chancellor and Chairman of The University of Central Lancashire since 2014 and in 2007 was awarded a CBE for service to the community of Lancashire.

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David Taylor, CBE and family