The High Sheriff 2021 – 2022, Eric Masih

Eric was born in Punjab, India and was brought to the UK by his parents in 1967 where he was educated locally. Eric has continued to live in Bedford with his wife, four sons and four grandchildren. His hobbies include Asian classical music and martial arts, and he continues to practice as Southern Region Area instructor for the Tetsudo Martial Arts Association.

Eric has been a well-respected and well-known face within Bedfordshire for a number of years. 

Eric’s true calling came in 1996 when he entered the Property and Mortgage sector and established his current business, Gold Crown Estate Agent. Within this sector, Eric is particularly committed to providing affordable and social housing in Bedfordshire. 

Eric is honoured to have been nominated as High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for the forthcoming year and recognises that, despite the joint efforts to keep communities going, there is yet much work to do. The unforeseen effects of the Covid19 pandemic over the past year have brought to the surface the financial, social and emotional hardships faced by many throughout the Borough. Eric passionately feels that it is through Community Cohesion, and in particular through the work of local voluntary groups, that we can start to move towards a recovery phase.


The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 2020-2021 Susan Lousada DL

Susan was born and educated in Bedfordshire and has lived all but four years of her life in the county. She is married to Simon, has two children and two grandchildren and enjoys local history, gardening, skiing, walking and spinning classes at her local gym.

Susan has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Microbiology from Leeds University and a PGC in Translational Medicine from Cranfield University. She has over 20 years’ experience of running a family business prior to its sale in 2007.

She is currently taking a sabbatical from sitting as a non-legal member in the First Tier Tax Tribunal and has recently stepped down from serving on a Research Ethics Committee based in Oxford where she has held both the Chair and Vice-Chair positions.

Susan is privileged to serve as Deputy Lieutenant for Bedfordshire and support the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out her functions as Her Majesty, The Queen’s representative in the county. She is a school governor with responsibility for safeguarding and is Chair of the Curriculum Committee and has mentored pupils in a Bedfordshire upper school for many years. She is Chairman of Bedfordshire NSPCC, a member of the County Priory Group (St John’s Ambulance), a member of the charity Schoolreaders Senior Management Team and serves on the Bedfordshire Committee of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Susan is very honoured to be nominated as High Sheriff of Bedfordshire this year.


The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 2019-2020 Meryl Dolling

During 2019 to 2020 the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire was Meryl Dolling.

“To have been nominated as High Sheriff for 2019-2020 was a tremendous honour. I feel particularly privileged to be the first woman from Luton to serve the county in this role and proud to be only the ninth woman High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in over a thousand years.”


The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 2018-2019 Julian Polhil

Julian and his family live and farm near Bedford and have a long family history in Renhold. In his earlier career Julian worked as a journalist and then in communications in the City of London.

In Bedfordshire Julian has been involved in a range of countryside and conservation organisations.


Previous High Sheriff’s

2017/2018 High Sheriff - Vinod Tailor MBE, Luton
2016/2017 High Sheriff - Charles Whitbread Esq, Bedford
2015/2016 High Sheriff - The Countess of Erroll, Bedford
2014/2015 High Sheriff - C Osborne Esq MBE, Sandy, Bedfordshire
2013/2014 High Sheriff - Mrs Deborah Inskip, Milton Ernest, Bedford
2012/2013 High Sheriff - J Sapsworth Esq MBE, Luton
2011/2012 High Sheriff - A M Slack Esq, Oakley
2010/2011 High Sheriff - D T C Hanbury Esq DL, Turvey
2009/2010 High Sheriff - Mrs C M Gresham, Dunstable
2008/2009 High Sheriff - N Jessa Esq, Luton