The High Sheriff of Dyfed – David Pryse Lloyd
BORN in Carmarthen, David comes from one of the oldest Carmarthenshire families who lived at Glangwili for many centuries and, over those centuries, many of his ancestors were High Sheriffs for Carmarthenshire.
After early schooling in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, he was educated at Wellington College in Berkshire, after which he moved to London where he built a successful career in financial services and the Lloyds insurance market.
He married Georgina Philipps in 1967 and they had four children. They lived in London and Berkshire for nearly 30 years but spent many happy holidays in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire at Glangwili and Slebech Park, Georgina’s family home.
He and Georgina returned to Pembrokeshire in the mid-1990s where he took up the role of Trust Director for the Picton Castle Trust, helping to develop the house and gardens as a popular tourist attraction.
Picton Castle and neighbouring Slebech Park form part of a significant estate once owned by Georgina’s family. She in the granddaughter of Laurence Philipps, Lord Milford.
Now retired, David devotes much time to his farm and woodlands near Narberth and looks after ‘grass, gravel and grot’ in Georgina’s stunning garden.
They share a passion for historic architecture and gardens and David has served on the Welsh committee for the Historic Houses Association.
He is a keen bridge player and a director of Pembrokeshire Tourism, the trade association for tourism providers in Pembrokeshire. April 9, 2010, he was installed as High Sheriff of Dyfed and is keen to use the office to help volunteer groups to make a difference within their own communities.
David and Georgina are now overworked grandparents with seven grandchildren so far!
The Office of High Sheriff is at least 1000 years old, and is second in precedence in the counties, after Lord-Lieutenants, except when precedence is by courtesy deferred to a Mayor or chairman of a local authority in their own district.
Functions include attending royal visits, looking after the 'well-being' of High Court Judges, acting as returning officer for parliamentary elections, taking responsibility for the proclamation of the accession of a new Sovereign and maintaining the loyalty of subjects to the crown.
Modern day functions include supporting and encouraging voluntary and statutory organisations engaged in all aspects of law and order, working with organisations involved with young people, and making awards to those who, in the opinion of the judges at a criminal trial, have been active in the apprehension of certain offenders. Since 2004, the High Sheriff has also participated in Citizenship ceremonies when new citizens make their oath of allegiance to the Queen.
The office of High Sheriff is non-political and unpaid. No part of a High Sheriff’s expenses falls on the public purse.