5th December 2020

Her Majesty the Queen Appointed Dr Robina Shah as High Sheriff of Greater Manchester

What a proud moment for Muslim community at the appointment of Dr Robina Shah as High Sheriff of Greater Manchester by Her Majesty the Queen.

Pakistan Consulate in Manchester celebrated this great achievement tonight with Pakistani High Commisioner Syed Ibne Abbas along with politicians, Pakistani, Kashmiri community leaders , business men and women.

Dr Robina Shah MBE JP DL CPsychol FRCGP[Hon] SFHEA was born in Manchester. She is the proud daughter of Syed Hazur Ali Shah (from Kahuta near Islamabad) and Mrs Qamar Shah.

Robina is happily married to Dr Tariq Hassan Shah a GP Partner and they have three wonderful children; Zainab, Raabiyah and Sulaymaan. Robina is a graduate and postgraduate of The University of Manchester.

The principal formal duties of High Sheriffs today include attendance at royal visits in the County and support for Her Majesty’s High Court Judges when on Circuit. These days, however, High Sheriffs play an increasingly active and supportive role within their Counties both in relation to the Police and emergency services and in lending encouragement to public sector agencies such as the probation and prison services and to voluntary sector organisations involved in crime reduction and social cohesion.

The holder of the Office of High Sheriff, ,can be well placed to offer encouragement to those in their County who are engaged in supporting the voluntary sector and those most in need. Many High Sheriffs give their own personal awards to individuals, often unsung heroes within small voluntary groups, who have made an outstanding contribution in some way. As the Office is independent and non-political, High Sheriffs are able to bring together a wide range of people with the community they serve.

Each High Sheriff will approach their year slightly differently depending on their particular skills, experience and their own areas of interest. The key objectives of the role can be summarised as follows:

To uphold and enhance the ancient Office of High Sheriff and to make a meaningful contribution to the High Sheriff’s County during the year of Office

To lend active support to the principal organs of the Constitution within their county – the Royal Family, the Judiciary, the Police and other law enforcement agencies, the emergency services, local authorities, and church and faith groups

To ensure the welfare of visiting High Court Judges, to attend on them at Court and to offer them hospitality

To support the Lord-Lieutenant on royal visits and on other occasions as appropriate

To take an active part in supporting and promoting the voluntary sector and giving all possible encouragement to the voluntary organisations within a County.

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