Beer, boxing and childcare ... the path to high sheriff
A DERBYSHIRE businessman is set to be the county's next High Sheriff.
Derek Mapp, who is a former chairman of the now defunct East Midlands Development Agency, will be sworn into the role in April.
He will take over from current High Sheriff Alan Woods as the Queen's representative in the county for all matters relating to the judiciary and of law and order. The role will also see him support various charities.
Father-of-two Mr Mapp, who lives in Chesterfield with wife Karen, will hold the position for a year.
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The 1,000-year-old role is the oldest secular office under the crown. With its roots in Saxon times, it is unpaid and non-political.
Following his chairmanship of Emda, from 1998 to 2004, Mr Mapp was chairman of Sport England. He still chairs the British Amateur Boxing Association.
He first moved to Derbyshire as a director of Mansfield Brewery Company and then developed the Tom Cobleigh Pub chain before moving on to develop Leapfrog Day Nurseries.
He also founded Imagesound Plc, in Chesterfield, which provides in-store music, radio and TV services.