Interview With William Browne-Swinburne | Living North

Interview With William Browne-Swinburne


William Browne-Swinburne
William Browne-Swinburne is the new High Sheriff of Northumberland

He works for Rural Solutions, helping rural landowners diversify and maximise their assets, as well as holding various positions from Chairman of Capheaton Parish Council to being a Trustee of the Tyne Rivers Trust and Vice Chairman of CLA North East. He lives at Capheaton with his wife Eliza, their three children and four dogs

What has been the best moment of being High Sheriff so far? 
This is an appointment for one year. I have been doing it for two weeks so I expect the best is to come, but so far the most impressive thing has been attending the High Sheriff Awards of my predecessor, and seeing just what the High Sheriff Fund can support.

What does your new role involve?
In the past the role was to represent the crown in the county as far as the law and collecting taxes was concerned. It is now a lot less onerous and the High Sheriff’s job is to promote and support the legal and police services in the county, but more importantly to use the privilege to raise money for young people in the county through the High Sheriff Fund. We give grants to dozens of small, local groups who are doing amazing things for the next generation.

What are you most looking forward to about it?
Meeting a great many inspiring, generous and dedicated people.

What motivates you?

If you could swap places with one person, living or dead, for a day, who would it be and why?
Brian Lara in Antigua in 2004. He scored 400 not out – that must have felt fantastic!

Who is the most famous person you’ve met?
The Prince of Wales.

What can’t you do without and why?
My Toyota Hilux truck. It carries me wherever I want to go with all my kit and clobber.

Where’s your favourite place to eat in Northumberland?
Home – where the other thing I can’t do without, my wife Eliza, cooks the best food in the world as well as running a business, being a fantastic mother and endless other things.

Your favourite view?
The top of Tosson, Hepple High Moor – looking north to Linhope and the Cheviots.

What do you have on series link?
I don’t know what a series link is. Perhaps I should – could someone explain?

What’s your tipple of choice?
Whisky and soda. 

What would be your chosen subject on Mastermind?
The Aubrey–Maturin series of novels (such as Master and Commander) by Patrick O’Brian.

Published in: July 2016

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