After a lifetime of achievement Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds has been made High Sheriff of South Glamorgan
Rosie took up this appointment at her recent Declaration Ceremony. High Sheriffs are the Queen’s judicial representatives. In the past they were tasked with collecting taxes and issuing writs. Now the title is ceremonial, with the post holder attending events and also responsible for looking after visiting judges. As High Sheriff Rosie can also sit with judges in courts.
“I will be invited to lots of events which might range from opening a shop to attending the five gun salutes a year at Cardiff Castle. If there are royal visits you are also in the welcome line up. Technically you are not supposed to be political, but in my presence as an obviously disabled person it will make people stop and think and it is an opportunity to promote diversity.”
Rosie is a member of many disability and other organisations, and has spent a lifetime campaigning for rights and equality for disabled people. For this work she received an OBE in 2015, plus Honorary Fellowships and Doctorate from Cardiff and Swansea Universities.