Susan Waller, who served as the Lord Mayor of Swansea during 2007-08 has been named as the new High Sheriff of West Glamorgan. She will be inaugurated in her post at a ceremony at St Peter’s Church on 19th April 2011. She takes over the reigns of High Sheriff from Rowland Jones Esq, a well known local businessman.
There is a High Sheriff for each county in England and Wales. High Sheriffs’ functions are largely representational. They attend judges sitting in local courts and provide hospitality for them, and many are active in local and national schemes that reflect their historical functions.
High Sheriffs are appointed to serve for a fixed term of one year. The post is unpaid and the general expenses of the office are borne personally by the holder. The system of appointing High Sheriffs reflects the antiquity of the office. It is the responsibility of each High Sheriff to provide the names of people suitable to serve in the future. These names are added to the list of Sheriffs, and every November at a ceremony in the High Court the Lord Chief Justice and three other judges formally add as many new names for each county as are needed to ensure that there are Sheriffs in nomination for each of the next three years. A Sheriff needs to own property in the county for which he or she is nominated. The following March The Queen, at a meeting of the Privy Council, formally selects one of the three nominated Sheriffs to serve for the next twelve months by literally pricking a hole through his or her name on the List with a bodkin.
Mrs Waller, who was first elected as a Newton Councillor in 1986, has in the past, worked as a teacher at the former Gowerton Girls’ Grammar School. She also went on to work at Swansea Institute and Gorseinon College, as well as teach English to Vietnamese refugees. The latter of which brought her in contact with Swansea Bay REC’s preceding organisation, the West Glamorgan Community Relations Council.
She served on the Executive Committee of the organisation in the 1980s and cherishes fond memories of her experiences. She continued to support the work of Swansea Bay REC in later years. Mrs Waller resigned from her Council responsibilities last year for personal reasons.