New High Sheriffs take their Declaration

Our two new High Sheriffs in North Wales have recently taken up their posts. Steve Thomas, High Sheriff of Clwyd and Gwyn Owen, High Sheriff of Gwynedd both took their Declarations at the end of March

The new High Sheriff of Clwyd, Steve Thomas, was sworn in to office at St Asaph. Picture by Mandy Jones Photography.

In Clwyd the High Sheriff, Steve Thomas, has taken over in the role as the Queen’s representative in North East Wales from David Wynne-Finch

In addition to his work with Crimebeat he has also pledged to help support the growing number of people suffering mental health issues during his term of office.

Mr Thomas, originally from Sandycroft, in Flintshire, retired at the end of 2020 following a 40 career with Airbus having joined as a commercial apprentice before qualifying as a chartered accountant and rose to be the Government Affairs Executive at Broughton.

He said: “I have always felt public-spirited and want to make a positive contribution as High Sheriff of Clwyd and in terms of a theme for the year I have chosen to support MIND, the mental health charity. I want to take the opportunity to raise awareness of the work of the charity and help promote more understanding around mental health issues.

“I also want to recognise and promote the wider work of the third sector and the many voluntary activities that go on across the county which has been of particular importance over the past twelve months.”

In Gwynedd , the High Sheriff, Mr. Gwyn Owen, has succeeded Eryl Williams as the Queen’s Representative in Gwynedd and Anglesey.

Gwyn was born in Caernarfon and is a Welsh speaker. He was educated at Sir Hugh Owen in Caernarfon, followed by civil engineering in Liverpool and law at Kings College London. Currently living in Beddgelert, he has a distinguished background in international arbitration having worked in most parts of the world. He sits as tribunal at the ICC Court of International Arbitration in Paris. He is the author of many technical and legal papers and the book, Dispute Boards Procedures and Practice. He is a past trustee of the international Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and past chairman of the Welsh Branch of the Institute. He is also past president of the global Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and a recipient of the Al Mathews Award for Dispute Board excellence.

Gwyn is currently a trustee of the Community Foundation of Wales and of the Ancient Monument charity of St Mary’s Church in Beddgelert. Gwyn is the Patron of Galeri Theatre and Arts Centre in Caernarfon and the recipient of the Philanthropy Award from Arts and Business Wales.

Gwyn is now semi-retired and has a keen interest in charity work and focuses on identifying and assisting local charities in North Wales.


Both High Sheriffs will be supported by their Under-Sheriffs:

In Clwyd, Sarah Noton, Managing Director of North Wales and Cheshire law firm Swayne Johnson.

In Gwynedd, Dr. John Gwilym Owen, Senior Lecturer in Law at Bangor University.


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