The High Sheriff 2022-2023, Lady Jane Clifford

Lady Clifford was born in Tanzania where her father, Sir George Paterson, was Attorney General. She was brought up in Sierra Leone, Ghana and Zambia as her family moved around with her father’s work, latterly as Chief Justice.

Jane started out as a lecturer for the Workers’ Educational Association in Manchester before becoming the art critic of the Daily Telegraph. At the same time, she began closely assisting Laura Ashley, finding and copying antique wallpaper and textile designs and writing books about furnishing and decorating houses for the company. After their retirement in 2010 the Cliffords moved to Bedfordshire and Jane has helped various charities to organise large scale events, including Help the Aged, Save the Children, and the NSPCC. She is a keen bridge player and founded a book club which is still going strong after 30 years.

Jane feels very honoured to have been nominated as High Sheriff for Bedfordshire for 2022-23 and is driving forward with her own initiatives and objectives for 2022-2023. Jane is particularly excited to be holding office the year of HM The Queens’s Platinum Jubilee and is keen to support the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’. In the wake of the pandemic, the special importance of green spaces has become evident to help combat isolation, promote mental health and physical wellbeing and, by improving the surroundings in deprived areas, to prevent crime. With this in mind, Jane is keen to support charities that promote sport for all ages, rehabilitation, and prevention of homelessness. In the last few months, the world has changed and we must now face the new and unexpected challenges presented by the crises in Ukraine and Afghanistan.

Bedfordshire High Sheriff

Our Partnership with the High Sheriff

BLCF and the High Sheriff have worked together for several years developing initiatives, promoting each other’s priority areas of interest and work. The partnership works to support charities and groups from across Bedfordshire by sign posting them to support and opportunities for funding and aims to identify and celebrate the achievements of those groups and charities in transforming the lives of those most in need. BLCF and the High Sheriff also support each other in the promotion of campaigns and shared programmes through their marketing channels as well as provision on data and information relating to the ever-changing needs of the county’s communities.


Working Together

Over the last 12 months we have worked alongside the Luton Learning Link, a group made up of the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Luton’s Council’s of Mosques, Luton Education Service and Level Trust to help put an end to digital poverty across the County. Through our grants and funding and that of Crimebeat and Lady Fatemah Trust, 313 digital devices were given out in Luton as of November 2020. Read the full article here:


The High Sheriff Awards

The High Sheriff Awards recognise the achievements of those doing good things in the community. There are 3 main categories for Adults, Young People and Group winners (organisations). These awards are spilt across the 3 administrative areas of the county: North Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, and South Bedfordshire, including Luton. The awards format may change however, determined by the incumbent High Sheriff’s wishes. For more information about the awards and how to nominate please email [email protected].


Previous High Sheriffs

2021/2022 High Sheriff – Eric Masih
2020/2021 High Sheriff – Susan Lousada DL
2019/2020 High Sheriff – Meryl Dolling
2018/2019 High Sheriff –Julian Polhill
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