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Brabners Chairman Stephen Burrows installed as High Sheriff of Merseyside

Brabners Chairman Stephen Burrows installed as High Sheriff of Merseyside

Thursday 20th April 2017

Brabners chairman and Wirral resident Stephen Burrows has been officially installed as the High Sheriff of Merseyside for 2017/18.

Dignitaries from across the region gathered at St George’s Hall in Liverpool today for a traditional ceremony marking the official start of Stephen’s year of office.

The appointment of High Sheriff of Merseyside is made by the Queen in an ancient ceremony which dates back to the 16th century. The custom began in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 (1558-1603) and is the method in which the High Sheriffs of the county palatine of Lancaster – Merseyside, Lancashire and Greater Manchester – are appointed.

A banker by profession and now chairman of commercial law firm Brabners, he has been involved in many charities and organisations in the county over the years.

Stephen said: “It is a huge honour and I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to serve the Merseyside region which has been my home for 25 years. I intend to make a meaningful contribution by supporting many causes, including the voluntary and educational sectors across Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

“I accept this huge privilege with grace, pride and dedication for the year ahead and look forward to serving the communities of Merseyside in line with a custom and tradition established over many years.”

The office of High Sheriff has existed for more than a thousand years and is a voluntary and non-political role.

In the early days responsibilities included duties such as law enforcement, collection of taxes and levies and judging cases in the courts.

Today this important role in the county – second only to Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside – carries responsibilities which include supporting the voluntary sector, upholding and actively supporting the Royal Family, the judiciary, police, emergency services, local authorities and church and faith groups.

Stephen takes over the role from outgoing High Sheriff Jim Davies.


About Stephen Burrows

Stephen's background is in banking where he held the position of Regional Corporate Director at The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Corporate and Institutional Banking Division. He was posted by the bank to the USA in 1975 where he held senior managerial positions in Houston, Texas, San Francisco and latterly in New York, where he was the bank’s Executive Vice President (North America).

Following his retirement from the bank, Stephen joined commercial law firm Brabners as Chairman in 2001. He is a past Regional Chairman of Coutts & Co. in Liverpool and North Wales and is currently an Ambassador for Professional Liverpool, having stepped down as Chairman in 2013. Stephen is an advisor to ICC Solutions Limited and is involved with various charitable organisations as well as being a Director and Trustee of Wirral Hospice St John’s.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Business School and also a Regent at Liverpool Hope University.

He holds the office of Honorary Consul in Liverpool for the Republic of Latvia and is a Deputy Lieutenant (Merseyside).

A career banker, Stephen is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Merseyside Region) and is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers in England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.

Stephen is married to Gillian and has two daughters and four grandchildren.

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Anne Griffiths, PR Manager
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