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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 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.

 david taylor family

David Taylor, CBE and family

Community unites at Preston temple for annual Diwali celebrations https://www.asianimage.co.uk/news/north_of_england/23932647.community-unites-preston-temple-annual-diwali-celebrations/

Event The Big Help Out 8th May 2023

GHS is reaching out in the community as part of the Big help out volunteering programme to celebrate the Coronation. Judd House is a residential home for independent living supported by a manager and care workers. Judd House is run by yours housing there are 27 people living there we are providing entertainment.

Judd House 99 Judd House 128 Judd House 133

The Lancashire Constabulary Excellence Awards 2023

The High Sheriff with his wife Brenda presenting awards at The Lancashire Constabulary Excellence Awards 2023 at Ewood Park Blackburn

Winner Janet Webb

Janet Webb WINNER

Runner Up Phillip Kelly

Phillip Kelly RUNNER UP



On behalf of everyone at Fleetwood RNLI, we would like to thank you for attending the naming and blessing ceremony of our inshore lifeboat, D-853 Harbet.

As lifeboats have a relatively long life, these special days are infrequent and so, all the volunteers look forward to the occasions when they occur.

Your attendance was especially appreciated and we were honoured to be your first engagement of this special year for you and your wife, Brenda. No doubt there will be larger and more distinguished events in the next twelve months, but we all know, you never forget the first !

Once again, many thanks for attending and we hope to see you again at our Open Day, on 15th July.

Please find attached a couple of photos of the occasion.

Kindest regards Ken Harcombe Lifeboat Press Officer 

For & on behalf of all at Fleetwood RNLI 

HS Brenda DWE v2 Janet Cooper Richard Robinson Mayor of Wyre Julie Robinson High Sheriff David Taylor Madeleine Tony Melling v2