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Our Chair of Trustees, David Steer Esq QC DL, appointed as the new High Sheriff of Merseyside.

We’re delighted with the news that our Chair of Trustees, David Steer Esq QC DL, has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as the new High Sheriff of Merseyside.

At a special ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on the 13th March 2019, Her Majesty the Queen, in her role as Duke of Lancaster, selected David Steer Esq QC DL to be the new High Sheriff of Merseyside

The form the ceremony takes is ancient and traditional and requires Her Majesty, using a silver bodkin, to prick a hole in vellum through the name of her choice. The vellum lists the names of those recommended to become High Sheriffs in the County Palatine of Lancaster i.e. Merseyside, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

The role of the High Sheriff dates back over 1000 years. In modern times the key objectives of the role include ensuring the welfare of visiting High Court Judges, supporting the Royal Family, the Judges, the Police and other law enforcement agencies, the emergency services, local authorities, church and faith groups. Supporting the Lord Lieutenant on Royal visits and, after the Lord Lieutenant, who has precedence, to represent the Queen when visiting local groups and public services and to actively support charitable and other worthy institutions throughout the County.

Mr Steer was born in St Helens. He was Called to the Bar in 1974, became Queen’s Counsel in 1993 and was Head of 7 Harrington Street Chambers in Liverpool. Until his retirement from practice in 2012, he prosecutedand defended in criminal cases throughout the North West. He was elected Leader of the Northern Circuit of the Bar in 2002. He also sat as a Recorder of the Crown Court. He was Commissioned as a Deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside in 2016 and in 2018 became Chair of the Board of Trustees of Merseyside Scouts.

Mr Steer declared himself to be honoured, delighted and extremely proud to have been chosen as custodian of this ancient office for the forthcoming year. He hopes to live up to the very high standards set by his predecessors.

Peter Oliver, County Commissioner of Merseyside Scouts, commented “we are delighted by the news and are looking forward to continuing to work closely with David in his capacity as Chair of our Board of Trustees, as well as High Sheriff of Merseyside, to raise the visibility of the importance to civil society of the impact youth organisations like ours have on countless lives of young people across hundreds of communities in our county.”

David’s Installation Ceremony will take place at Knowsley Hall on the 18th April 2019.