Chris Loughran, who has lived in the county for almost 50 years, succeeds the incumbent High Sheriff - John Hudson OBE DL - as the sovereign’s judicial representative.
Well-known throughout the business community, Chris held the position of practice senior partner between 2010 and 2015, and is the current deputy chairperson for Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.
An annual appointment, the High Sheriff is an entirely non-political position bringing with it an unrivalled opportunity to engage with local institutions and communities, as well as supporting the emergency services and public organisations.
As part of his commitment to the role, Chris will spend the next 12 months working with the community to celebrate the region’s diversity.
Speaking at the formal ceremony following the declaration, the new High Sheriff for the West Midlands, Chris Loughran, says: “It is both an honour and a privilege to be declared High Sheriff. The West Midlands is a relatively new county, founded in 1974, but it has a rich heritage with its towns and cities steeped in tradition with distinct identities.
“I feel strongly that there is strength in our diversity when it is used in a collective, inclusive way. The announcement of the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 2021 City of Culture have energised the region and have been achieved through communities across the county working together.
“I’m keen that we build on this unity and throughout the next 12 months I will be showcasing exactly why the West Midlands is a great place to live and work.
“I am honoured to succeed John Hudson and thank him for working tirelessly to raise awareness of the High Sheriff’s role and its importance,” says Chris.
Following his appointment, Chris will attend his first official event as High Sheriff for the West Midlands by participating in the 42nd celebration of Bangladeshi Independence that evening and a visit to Wilkes Green Junior School, Handsworth on the following day.
Throughout his time as High Sheriff, Chris will be supported by Greg Lowson – a partner and head of office at Pinsent Masons – as Under Sheriff, and The Rt Revd Mgr Canon Daniel McHugh, who will serve as Chaplain.
In addition to his role as High Sheriff, Chris is also a non-executive board member of West Midlands Growth Company, chairman of Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club and of the CBSO Development Trust.