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James Macnamara

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire

2024-2025

The Office of High Sheriff

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non- political Royal appointment for one year. Apart from the Monarchy the office of the High Sheriff is the oldest in the land. The origins of the office date back to Saxon times, when the “Shire Reeve” was responsible to the King for the maintenance of law and order within the shire or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown.

James Macnamara, High Sheriff Oxfordshire

The Current High Sheriff

Mr. James Macnamara CStJ TD VR JP DL

A chartered accountant by profession, James Macnamara is a retired finance director, and having moved to Oxfordshire thirty years ago, now residing in Lower Heyford, he is a trustee of a range of charities in the ex-service, care and education sectors.

Amongst other roles, James has served as County Commander of St John Ambulance and as a magistrate serving in both crime and family jurisdictions, he is just coming to the end of three years as Bench Chairman. He has also served as a church warden, on his PCC, the Deanery and Diocesan Synods and Bishop’s Council.

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