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The Current High Sheriff — Caroline Nicholls DL

The High Sheriff of West Sussex for 2018-19 is Mrs Caroline Nicholls DL.

Caroline Nicholls, who lives in Worthing with her husband, photographer David, is actively involved in the local voluntary sector — including as an ambassador for Sussex Community Foundation for which she was a founder Trustee and Vice Chairman. She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2014.

During her year as High Sheriff of West Sussex, Caroline is especially keen to champion those who support and encourage young people in the county to combat disadvantage and fulfil their potential — and to raise awareness of all those who work to protect the county’s communities and keep them safe.

The High Sheriff’s Chaplain for the year is the Reverend Canon Jonathan Baldwin, who is also Chaplain at Gatwick Airport and a Chaplain for Sussex Police.

Caroline trained as a journalist, working for a number of years for the Evening Argus, based from Worthing. Since then she has enjoyed a career at senior and board level focused on communications and public relations, including more than ten years as Communications Director on the Board at Gatwick Airport. As Director of the grant making charity BAA Communities Trust she also initiated the development of local grant funds supporting the communities around seven airports, including Gatwick, formerly owned by airport operator BAA. The funds distributed up to £1 million a year to local charities and community organisations.

Caroline has also supported Action in Rural Sussex and the former Sussex Downs Conservation Board with their communications programmes. She helped initiate The Worthing and Adur Fund grants programme, run in partnership with the Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce, under the umbrella of Sussex Community Foundation.

Caroline enjoys time spent outdoors with friends and family in the West Sussex countryside, as an avid walker, golfer and gardener.