There's a new High Sheriff in town... Cambridge entrepreneur Dr Andy Harter takes up role dating back a millennium
Co-founder of RealVNC pledges support for Each and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
Cambridge entrepreneur Dr Andrew Harter has been installed as the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.
Originally the king’s representative in the county, responsible for collecting taxes and protecting the monarch’s interests – if necessary by raising a posse – the office of the High Sheriff is more than a thousand years old.
Today, the High Sheriff supports and promotes justice, assists in royal visits and officiates at citizenship ceremonies, but the role is largely ceremonial. It receives no money from the public purse but brings opportunities to back community projects, volunteering and charitable organisations.
Dr Harter, who co-founded technology company RealVNC and is chairman of Cambridge Network, was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to engineering.
He is married to Lily Bacon, and they have two boys.
Dr Harter said: “It is a huge honour to be the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire. Lily and I are greatly looking forward to our Shrieval year, and hope to reach as many of the communities of Cambridgeshire as possible.
“We are looking forward to participating in and organising a number of charitable events and activities across the county throughout the year. Two charities that we would especially like to support are East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.”
Lily is already supporting Milton-based Each as a trustee.
A ceremony at The Guildhall in Cambridge was attended by the Lord-Lieutenant Julie Spence OBE QPM, Resident Judge of Cambridgeshire His Honour David Farrell QC, the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Alec Wood, the Bishop of Ely, the Right Reverend Stephen Conway, the mayor of Cambridge, Cllr George Pippas, and the mayor of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, James Palmer. There was a lunch afterwards for distinguished guests drawn from university, business, civic and charity communities.
Dr Harter is a prominent Cambridge businessman and philanthropist. He was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to engineering and in 2016 won the Faraday Medal, the most prestigious award of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The Faraday Medal dates back to 1922, and is awarded for notable scientific or industrial achievement in engineering and for conspicuous service.