Letter of Thanks

Published: 28 April 2022

Letter of thanks for our 2021  - 2022 High Sheriff of Gwent  /_UserFiles/Files/SKM_C300i22042712050.pdf

Background of the role of High Sheriff of Gwent:  

Phillip Alderman, High Sheriff of Gwent 2021 -  2022

The High Sheriff of Gwent was appointed 1st April 2021– with the ceremony hosted on video conferencing app Zoom due to coronavirus restrictions.

Phillip Alderman, 62, who worked as an orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport for more than 25 years, took over the role from Tim Russen on March 26.

Each year, a High Sheriff is appointed for each county in England, and each traditional county in Wales, for a year-long term.

The tradition dates back more than 1,000 years, with 55 High Sheriffs appointed each year.

In the past, these figures had responsibilities such as collecting taxes and judging cases, but in modern times, the High Sheriff is mainly a ceremonial role, promoting voluntary organisations and supporting emergency services, law-enforcement agencies and religious groups.

The role is unpaid and isn’t associated with any political party.

The ‘Gwent’ area covers Caerphilly County Borough, as well as Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Torfaen and Monmouthshire.

Groups in this area can receive funding from the High Sheriff’s Community Fund.

The fund provides support to initiatives and projects working with young people, with an emphasis on young people at risk, crime prevention, drugs and substance misuse and community safety.

Mr Alderman studied medicine at the University of Bristol, before becoming a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Gwent in 1994, where he worked until his retirement at the end of last year. until retirement at the end of last year.

At his virtual declaration ceremony, Mr Alderman said: “Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I never imagined that nearly 60 years later I would be invited to become High Sheriff of Gwent.

“The High Sheriff is one of the many agencies of the Crown that should be seen as a force for good in the county, supporting those organisations that provide help to those in need and opportunities for young people in particular.