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Who is the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight?

Peter Kingston has been appointed High Sheriff for the Isle of Wight for the year 2010-2011.

He took over as High Sheriff on Tuesday 6th April, having made his declaration in the Minster Church of Sts. Thomas, Newport in front of The Lord Lieutenant Major General Martin White, Mr. Justice Christopher Clarke, His Honour Judge John Dixon, and the Chairman of the Magistrates Bench, Mr. Stephen Howe. Having made his declaration he appointed Mr. John Matthews, the Island Coroner, as the Under Sheriff and the Reverend Cannon Michael Weaver as his Chaplain.

Born in Middlesex in 1945 he grew up in Surrey. He met his wife Gillian in Yarmouth in 1963 and they were married in All Saints' Church Freshwater in 1968. They moved to Totland in 1972 where they brought up their two sons. Their sons now live on the mainland with their families.

Mr. Kingston trained as a Chartered Surveyor in London and joined Sir Francis Pittis & Son in Newport in 1972. He was a partner of the firm until 1986 when the business was sold to a major insurance company. Since 1990 he and a fellow Chartered Surveyor have practised on their own account based in Yarmouth but working throughout the Island.

Mr. Kingston has had a wide involvement in Community affairs on the Island. He was the first chairman of the Freshwater Inshore Rescue boat. He has been on the Church Council of All Saints' Freshwater and was Churchwarden for more than ten years. He was a member of the Archdeacon's Committee formed to advise on parish re-organisation and linking. A former member and a past president of the Rotary Club of West Wight and commodore of the Royal Solent Yacht Club from 1996-99 and of which he is now a Guardian.

He was a member of the Island Health Authority and was Vice Chairman for two years. He was Chairman of the Isle of Wight Community Healthcare NHS Trust until the two Island Trusts merged.

During his involvement with the NHS Mr. Kingston was a Manager under the Mental Health Act and chaired many appeals by people who were detained under the Mental Health Act. This experience has given him a good understanding of the problems suffered by people with mental illness.

He is a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee that advises on the selection and appointment of magistrates.

He is chairman of the trustees of two small, local trusts, the Freshwater and Totland War Memorial Bungalows Trust and the St. Andrew's (Norton) Trust.

He is a Director and Trustee of the Cowes Town Waterfront Trust that owns and operates, through the Haven Board, the Cowes Yacht Haven. In his younger days he was a keen rugby player and cricketer and he now enjoys sailing, country sports and walking in the wonderful countryside of the Island, he is also a keen gardener.

Mr. Kingston was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the Island in January 2006.