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The Office of High Sheriff of Lancashire

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

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Edwin Booth is the Executive Chairman of E H Booth & Co Ltd., the proprietors of Booths Food Stores in the North of England and represents the fifth generation of the family that has operated Booths since 1847.  He entered the business immediately after leaving school and quickly discovered an enthusiasm for retailing.  The procurement of wine became his speciality for many years, enabling Booths to gain national recognition for this important area of the business.  Subsequently, he developed a successful marketing function prior to becoming Executive Chairman in 1997.  While promoting the business’s reputation for excellent service and goods he worked to create an enterprise with strong sustainability credentials and a focus on locally sourced food and drink.  Edwin became and HRH the Prince of Wales Business Ambassador for the North West in 2005 and in 2010 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Lancaster University for his services to the region and his industry.

Edwin has worked with the Lancashire Universities in the areas of leadership and business change programs.  He chaired the Business in the Community (BITC) Advisory Board for the North West from 2007 to 2014 and was instrumental in developing a program to engage schools with business.  He is Chair of the Harris Charity (Preston) which was co-founded by his forebear Edwin Henry Booth and is a Principal Trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund.  In June 2011 he was appointed Chair of the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), a post he held for over 7 years and through which he and the board positioned Lancashire as one of the highest performing LEPs in the country.  In 2019 Edwin was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours list for services to business and charity.  He has been a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire since 2005.

Edwin Booth CBE DL