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Contact with the Under Sheriff:

Kevin Smyth

11 South Street, Ditchling,

East Sussex, BN6 8UQ

Telephone: (01273) 841042 or 07711031524

The Current High Sheriff — Davina Irwin-Clark

The High Sheriff of West Sussex for 2019-20 is Mrs Davina Irwin Clark.

Davina Irwin-Clark was brought up in Sussex, where her grandfather commanded the Royal Sussex Regiment, and both he and her father served as High Sheriff before the county was divided.

As High Sheriff, Davina is keen to be an active support within law and order in the county, in particular seeing how the judicial system affects fractured families. She intends to listen deeply both to those in distress and those seeking to care for them, where possible encouraging effective early intervention.

Davina read English at both Exeter and Durham universities, moving when she married her husband Peter, now her chaplain, whilst he trained for ordination.

They have served together in Huddersfield, Southampton, Brighton, near Oakley, and latterly Broadwater, in Worthing. Davina was on the Leadership Team of each parish, and participated through listening, preaching, encouraging, hospitality, prayer, women's, youth and children's work, speaking at schools and universities and providing gallons of coffee.

A key factor in Davina's life and ministry has been the loss of two of her children as babies. She has two adult children, and 5 grandchildren. Since her husband's retirement from parish ministry they are learning how to run the family farm at Handcross.

The High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mrs Davina Irwin-Clark