Gin company ‘master’ and father-of-two takes on role of Essex High Sheriff

The 838th High Sheriff of Essex, Bryan Burrough. Picture: ESSEX COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The 838th High Sheriff of Essex, Bryan Burrough. Picture: ESSEX COMMUNITY FOUNDATION - Credit: ESSEX COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

A former city worker who is also the ‘master’ of a gin company has outlined his vision for the year ahead as he takes on the role of High Sheriff of Essex.

Modern day issues are high on the agenda for Bryan Burrough, who recently became the county’s 838th High Sheriff, including crime and anti-social behaviour.

The father-of-two, who lives in Ulting near Maldon with his wife Philippa, is looking forward to travelling all around the county in his new role.

He will be meeting as many charities and volunteers as possible to highlight and encourage the work they are doing in their communities.

“It is a unique opportunity and is almost a full-time job,” he said.

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“Today’s High Sheriffs take on a rather different role from the original High Sheriffs’, who were responsible for raising taxes.

“But I feel that the role is even more relevant in this day and age.

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“Austerity has had a wide-reaching effect on the judicial system and many issues are now being dealt with by the voluntary sector.

“The High Sheriff can give these voluntary organisations recognition and encourage them to interact.”

Mr Burrough retired from his career as an investment manager in the city last November. He has lived in Essex for 22 years.

His family firm James Burrough has made gin since 1863 – and he has followed in his father’s footsteps to become Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

In his year as High Sheriff, he is particularly keen to give prominence to organisations working with young men in Essex to try to steer them away from destroying their future prospects and damaging others with destructive behaviour.

“Young men like this can be on a slippery slope which leads to offending and spending time in custody,” he said.

“I believe there should be far more focus on why people turn to crime and how we can prevent them from doing so.

“There are many issues involved, including literacy and having positive male role models.

“There are some great organisations in the county doing very good work and I am looking forward to singing their praises.

He added: “The High Sheriff can play an important role in thanking the unthanked.”

For more information about Essex Community Foundation and the High Sheriff’s fund, visit their website.

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