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Her Majesty the Queen has appointed Peter David Martin Woods to be the next High Sheriff of Merseyside.  He will be the 45th High Sheriff since the County of Merseyside was established in April 1974.  His installation will take place at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Thursday 19 April.


Peter Woods was born in Carlingford, Ireland and educated to secondary level in Ireland.  He then moved to Liverpool where both his parents were born and where they maintained family and business links.  Peter spent time working with a bank and an accountancy firm in the city, a year as a student teacher in Kirkby before, in 1970, establishing Ryan-Wood Antiques in Seel Street with Francis Ryan. He has lived in the city for 45 years and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside in 2010.


A daily worshipper at the Metropolitan Cathedral he is currently the Chair of the Friends of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral and serves on the Historic Churches Committee serving the dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford and Shrewsbury.


He has always been involved with voluntary work, in particular with the Simon Community, Sue Ryder, Lodge Lane Credit Union, the Little Sisters of the Poor Homes for the Elderly and has served as Chair of the Friends of the Tate and Chair of the Homebaked Community Land Trust in Anfield,  He is currently Merseyside Chair of The Art Fund and a Board member of Merseyside Building Preservation Trust, and the Bluecoat Display Centre.


Peter sees many opportunities to continue the sterling work of his predecessors, and positively utilise the experiences gained by living and working on Merseyside, and his involvement with many voluntary organisations.

Liverpool Catholic appointed High Sheriff of Merseyside

A daily worshipper as the Metropolitan Cathedral

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