Lancashire’s new High Sheriff was sworn in at an historic ceremony at County Hall.
Business leader Jeremy Gorick, who lives in Chorley, continues a tradition stretching back to at least the middle of the 10th Century.
The office of High Sheriff is held for a year and the role is an important part of Lancashire’s heritage.
Jeremy lives in the Chorley area with his wife and two children.
He is a board member of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is part of Stonehouse Orion, a family-owned private-equity company, with his father Lionel and brother Jonathan.
The Gorick family previously owned the company behind Preston-based Liquid Plastics, which Jeremy eventually headed up as managing director.
Although many of the powers of the High Sheriff have been reduced over the years, the holder still performs many important functions.
Jeremy said: “My focus is on youth employment. It’s about what we can do to bridge the gap between business and young people. I also want to raise money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which does some fantastic work.”
For Jeremy, being named as High Sheriff during a Guild Year is a special honour.
He said: “It is an enormous privilege, but ultimately it’s an opportunity to influence and make a difference. If I have done that in a year’s time, then I will be happy.”