William Burlington

“It’s a tremendous honour to be taking on the role of High Sheriff for Derbyshire until April 2020.

The office of High Sheriff has existed for over 1000 years, yet the role is very relevant even today. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the vital work being carried out across the county, often by unsung heroes, particularly from the agencies of law and order but also from the voluntary sector, which plays an increasingly significant part in modern life.

Derbyshire is an incredible county in so many ways but its greatest strength is its people. The role of High Sheriff is non-political and non-partisan so it can be used to bring people together and break down barriers. One area I am particularly passionate about and will be focussing on is education, in its widest sense, especially in relation to crime prevention.”

William Burlington
High Sheriff of Derbyshire

About William

William Burlington’s career began in photography. After studying under Jorge Lewinski, he worked for eight years as a portrait photographer before setting up Jasmine Photographic Studios Ltd.

After his grandfather died in 2004, William began to devote more time to his family’s businesses, primarily at Chatsworth in Derbyshire and Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland.
Among other responsibilities, he is Chairman of the Devonshire Educational Trust, which oversees approximately 20,000 educational visits per year. He also chairs the family’s sustainability and social responsibility steering group and he recently undertook a management programme at Harvard Business School, graduating in 2017.

He has been Chancellor of the University of Derby since 2018 and has served on the boards of various charities and trusts, currently including the Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust, Peak District Artisans, Towers and Tales children’s literary festival and a fundraising advisory panel for the Royal Academy of Arts.

Selected former charitable roles include: Trustee of the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust; Governor of the Byam Shaw School of Art; Waterford County Council Economic Think Tanks panel member; Patron of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He is also a former President of the Bakewell Show.

Aside from family business and charitable pursuits, William’s passions are education, art, heritage, sport and his family. He was married in 2007 to Laura Roundell and they have three children. He continues to take photographs as and when other commitments allow.