A Tarporley  woman is flying high after being declared the new High Sheriff of Cheshire.

Susan Sellers has taken her place in history as the county’s latest incumbent of the oldest secular office in Britain.

The post, which dates back to Saxon times, places the former Women’s Royal Air Force recruiter among the UK’s top dignitaries, and her duties will include attending at Royal visits to Cheshire and acting as a returning officer in parliamentary elections.

The mother-of-one made her declaration of office before 60 people at The Swan Hotel in Tarporley.

During her year in office she has pledged to raise money and awareness of the vital work carried out at the five hospices of Cheshire – St Luke’s in Winsford, The Good Shepherd in Backford, East Cheshire, Macclesfield, St Rocco’s, Warrington and The Haven, Halton.

She has also promised to meet as many volunteers as possible.

Speaking about her new role Susan said: “To become High Sheriff is a terrific honour, especially as only three women have previously held the post in Cheshire.

“For me it is a fabulous opportunity to support Cheshire hospices and meet volunteers who work so hard for all manner of local causes.

“Their time is worth millions to the county and my aim is to get out and about as much as possible, to thank them for their contribution,” she added.

Over the past few years, Susan has played key roles in the Chester area.

She was Chairman of the Countess of Chester Hospital for seven years during which time it became one of the first NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, and last year retired from the Board of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust where she held a key position in governance and quality.

Her role as High Sheriff will also see her supporting the Cheshire Community Foundation, Crimebeat and the Money Charity which helps educate young people on financial matters.

And in addition, Susan teaches stitching and is a trustee of the Royal School of Needlework.

Instead of the usual velvet uniform of High Sheriff, she decided to opt for navy wool and had her outfit made in her home county.

She added: “Cheshire has a strong economy and is home to many dynamic businesses as well as award-winning tourist attractions.

“Yet its hospices are always in need of financial support.

“They rely on local fundraising and given the mammoth size of their daily task, I am pleased to be in a position where I hope to help.”