Well-known Christian becomes High Sheriff

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Well known Cheshire Christian and successful businessman, Mark Mitchell, has been appointed High Sheriff of Cheshire, a secular post dating back over 1100 years.

Mark Mitchell becomes the 606th High Sheriff of Cheshire, something he says by which he feels both humbled and honoured. He made his Declaration of Office at Chester Cathedral in front of hundreds of well-wishers in April. 

Mark says: "In no way do I underestimate the demands and challenges of the year ahead. The role will be immensely varied and eye-opening.

"I intend to visit parts of my county which I have yet to see. Doubtless, I will continue to be encouraged by the work of more than 4,000 Cheshire charities - with folk giving of themselves.

"I consider it to be a great honour and I will be particularly pleased to offer help and support to those charities."

He will be accompanied during his many visits to all points of the county by his wife, Anita. The couple has two sons, James and Elliot.

Mark heads-up three state-of-the-art showrooms of Lexus, Mitchell Mazda and Mitchell Skoda on a purpose-built five-acre complex next to Cheshire Oaks. 

Mark is a committed Christian and is well-known for the decision he made some years ago to cut ties with Mitsubishi. The Japanese giant had wanted him to open his already flourishing salesroom on Sundays, but Mark flatly refused. "I believe in having a work-life balance for the team," he said. "I truly think it's the most important part of what we do. Sundays should be days of rest, a time to meet with friends and family."

The role of High Sheriff carries a number of responsibilities, which include supporting the voluntary sector; upholding and actively supporting the Royal family; the judiciary; police; emergency services; local authorities and church and faith groups.

You can follow Mark Mitchell's progress as High Sheriff on Twitter: @HSofCheshire or via his website


Mark with his wife Anita and their two sons, James and Eliott.