High Sheriff in Nomination for 2022/23: Michael Copestake

Mike is a highly-experienced and respected corporate lawyer, having been senior partner of Freeths’ derby office from 1995 to 2016.  He will be the first solicitor to become High Sheriff of Derbyshire.

He is a Director of Copemann Ashby Ltd and Turning Point, an East Midlands-based Business Angel fund. 

Since November 2015, he has been Chair of Enterprise for Education which is an organisation dedicated to getting businesses into schools to help them with things like CV writing, interview technics and career talks.

From 2005 to 2011, he was Chair of Marketing Derby and continued as the Vice-Chair until 2018. 

He is a member of the Derby Renaissance Board and is a past President of the Southern Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, Southern Derbyshire Pro Help and the Derby and District Law Society. 

Mike lives in Turnditch and is married with three children.  Other than this family his interests include squash, cricket and skiing.

High Sheriff in Nomination for 2023/24: Theresa Peltier

Theresa retired as the Head of Equality for Derbyshire Police in December 2019, having spent 27 years in policing. From 1977 she did various roles before joining Nottinghamshire Constabulary in 1992 as a Criminal Law Clerk, advising police officers on the standard of evidence and making charging decisions. During this time, she gained her management degree from Nottingham Trent University, before moving to Derbyshire Police in 1998.

Theresa has always held a strong commitment to equality and fairness. As a consequence, she immersed herself in the force’s staff support networks, holding various committee positions where she was able to influence change for the benefit of officers and staff, and through her work, she secured the position of Head of Equality. She was part of numerous strategic governance boards, contributing to the force’s direction of travel, as well as representing the force on a national platform. Her role enabled her to work with the Home Office, National Police Chief’s Council, Equality and Human Rights Commission, the College of Policing and national staff associations.

She also spent many years as a Victim Support volunteer, trained as a mediator and life coach and in 2007 introduced a youth leadership and mentoring programme, working with the Derbyshire Probation Service and Connexions.

In 2010 Theresa became Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Bedfordshire Police, as well as becoming Vice-President of the National Black Police Association. She led on the implementation of hate crime and stop & search scrutiny for the force, and oversaw the Disability-Related Harassment Inquiry launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission before returning to Derbyshire in 2012.

Theresa considers herself blessed to have been the recipient of a number of awards. In 2009 she was honoured to become the national recipient of the Police Staff of the Year Award from the British Association of Women in Policing and has received two Chief Constable Commendations for her work in Equality and Inclusion. Just prior to her retirement she received accolades of Police Staff of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National and Derbyshire Black Police Associations. She was privileged to hold the position of Chair of Derbyshire upon her retirement – a position she held on a number of occasions throughout her policing career.

Since 2008 Theresa has sat on an adoption panel and is now one of the Vice-Chairs on the Adoption East Midlands Panels. She has always considered this a great privilege and the role is extremely important to her. She added to this by joining Derby City Fostering Panel in 2017.

Since her retirement, she is an Associate with the College of Policing and is an active member of her local community in Wirksworth. She enjoys the performing arts, jazz, reading and walking. A strong advocate of holistic therapy, she holds several qualifications in this area. Theresa has a life partner, son, daughter and five grandchildren.