High Sheriff of Cumbria

Julie Barton, 2020/2021

Current High Sheriff

High Sheriff Julie Barton in her ceremonial robes

Julie Barton grew up in Ulverston, attending St Mary’s RC Primary School and Ulverston Victoria High School. She went on to study at Durham University. After graduation in 1989, Julie returned to Furness and started her career as a teacher at Holy Family School, Barrow-in-Furness. Julie and Peter married in 1990 and have two grown up sons.

In 1993 Julie actively supported Peter in setting up Forge Europa, an LED lighting company based in Ulverston and Dalton-in-Furness. They started the business in the spare room at home from a standing start with no customers, no suppliers and no financial backers. Together they led Forge Europa to become an innovative lighting company with customers in over 20 countries. Julie was instrumental in the company winning a Queen’s Award for Outstanding Innovation in 2009. She continues to lead the way on corporate and social responsibilities across an international supply chain and in excellence in environmental management.  

Julie has always taken an active role in community involvement both in her personal and professional life. She led Forge Europa to be the first manufacturing company in the North-West to be awarded the CommunityMark. Julie has many years’ experience as a supporter of various charities, as a governor of Furness College, a parish councillor, a catechist in her home parish, as a supporter of Ulverston’s festivals and as a fundraiser.

As High Sheriff, Julie has chosen to focus on tackling social isolation and loneliness as the theme for her shrieval year. She will also be actively supporting Cumbria Community Foundation. 

Undersheriff Tim Cartmell

Marcia Reid Fotheringham and Tim Cartmell

Tim Cartmell has served Cumbria in the voluntary role of Undersheriff since 2013. Born in Cumberland, Tim read law at Cambridge and spent the next 40 years as a Carlisle solicitor. He is also a trustee and vice chair of Cumbria Community Foundation.

As Undersheriff, Tim has a vital role in providing wise counsel and continuity. He brings knowledge and considerable experience of all things relating to protocol and ceremonial matters which is a huge support to each High Sheriff in office.

Photo: Undersheriff Tim Cartmell with last year’s High Sheriff of Cumbria, Marcia Reid Fotheringham.

Chaplain Canon Paul Embery V.G

Canon Paul Embery
Each High Sheriff may appoint a chaplain to support them in their year in office. A chaplain may be of any denomination or faith group appropriate to the High Sheriff. Fr Paul has been appointed chaplain for the year 2020/21. He is Parish Priest of St Mary of Furness Catholic Church, Ulverston with Our Lady of Furness Catholic Church in Dalton in Furness. He is also Diocesan Chancellor and Vicar General for the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster.

The Office of High Sheriff of Cumbria

The county of Cumbria was created in 1974. Cumbria is made up of the former shrievalties of Cumberland and Westmorland as well as former parts of Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.  Below is a list of the previous High Sheriffs of Cumbria.

  • 2019: Marcia Reid Fotheringham, JP of Brampton 
  • 2018: Simon Frederick Michael Berry of Windermere 
  • 2017: Alistair G M Wannop of Carlisle
  • 2016: The Rev’d (Group Captain) T Richard Lee of Egremont
  • 2015: Samuel Alan Miles Rayner of, Kendal
  • 2014: Martyn Peter Telford Hart of Carlisle
  • 2013: Diana Matthews of Windermere
  • 2012: Juliet D J Westoll, MBE of Longtown
  • 2011: Iona A Frost-Pennington of Ravenglass
  • 2010: James Ronald Carr of Warwick-on-Eden
  • 2009: Elizabeth Honor Susan Thornely of Windermere
  • 2008: Graham William Lamont
  • 2007: Claire Theresa Hensman
  • 2006: Robert Lawie Frederick Burgess
  • 2005: Dr Adam Charles Illingworth Naylor, of Lowick
  • 2004: Frederick Charles Theodore Markham of Morland, Penrith
  • 2003: Antony Richard Leeming of Skirsgill Park, Penrith
  • 2002: David William Trimble, of Dalston, Carlisle
  • 2001: Robert Bryce Hasell-McCosh of Dalemain, Pooley Bridge, Penrith
  • 2000: The Lady Hothfield, Drybeck Hall, Appleby
  • 1999: Arthur Ian Bullough, of Brampton
  • 1998: Simon Philip Pease of Kirkby Lonsdale
  • 1997: John Henry Fryer-Spedding, OBE, of Keswick
  • 1996: Henry Charles Fraser Bowring, of Barbon
  • 1995: Hugh William Lawson, of Carlisle
  • 1994: Frederick John Richard Boddy, of Burton
  • 1993: Margaret Washington
  • 1992: Myles Christopher Ross Sandys, of Graythwaite Hall, near Hawkshead 
  • 1991: Ian Cufaude Carr, of Brampton
  • 1990: Thomas Peter Naylor, of Ambleside
  • 1989: Major Timothy Richard Riley, of Penrith
  • 1988: Roger Brockbank, of Kendal
  • 1987: William Victor Gubbins, Esq., of Penrith
  • 1986: Major Nigel James Clarkson Webb, of, Burton-in-Kendal, 
  • 1985: Major Antony James Robinson Harrison, of Carlisle
  • 1984: Edward Peter Ecroyd, of Carlisle
  • 1983: Peter Eric Fyers Crewdson of Kendal
  • 1982: William John Montague Chaplin of Finsthwaite 
  • 1981: Timothy Ross Fetherstonhaugh, of, Penrith
  • 1980: Charles Henry Bagot, of Levens Hall
  • 1979: Stafford Vaughan Stepney Howard, of Greystoke Castle, Penrith
  • 1978: Richard Hugh Cavendish, of Holker Hall
  • 1977: Edward Hubert Fleming-Smith, T.D., of Hawksdale Hall, Dalston, Carlisle
  • 1976: Joseph Hugh Harris, of Calthwaite, Penrith
  • 1975: Michael Charles Stanley, M.B.E., of Halecat, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands
  • 1974: George Nigel Fancourt Wingate, O.B.E., of Bridge End House, Cockermouth

I hope you find the information in this website both interesting and informative. You may like to visit The High Sheriff Association to learn more about the Office of High Sheriff  www.highsheriffs.com 

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