Sarah Le May, High Sheriff of Hampshire 2019 - 2020
Although born in Wales, my family moved to Hampshire when I was 4 and I attended local schools in Chandler’s Ford, Romsey and Eastleigh. Apart from breaks when working overseas, I have lived in the county ever since and for the past 23 years my husband Malcolm, three sons and I have been lucky enough to live in the village of Upham, to the southeast of Winchester.
After graduating in Law from the University of Nottingham, I qualified as a chartered accountant, specialising in tax, but then spent some time working as a tax lawyer in London. A move to New York with my husband meant a return to accountancy and I continued with this in both London and then Southampton when we came home. The move to Upham and the purchase of a farm meant that I now put my legal and accounting skills to work in our own businesses instead.
I was a Magistrate for more than 10 years, sitting in both the Criminal and Family courts, and I also worked for 6 years for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Winchester. I spent many years on the Board of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Clubs charity and am now Chair of the Southampton Appeal for the Maggie’s Cancer Care charity, raising funds for their proposed centre at Southampton General Hospital. For the past 2 years, I have also been an executive trustee for the Blue Lamp Trust, a charity supported by many previous High Sheriff’s in Hampshire, which works closely with the emergency services in providing valuable support to allow people to remain in their own homes after burglary, domestic violence and other issues of vulnerability. I am also a Parish Councillor and very involved in many aspects of the life of a small village.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, travel and playing bridge; I am also a keen (but rather less able) skier, sailor and tennis player. Our three sons mean that supporting sport has always been an important part of the weekend’s activities and having 3 labradors ensures that country pursuits are always a focus for the family.