20 October 2023

Professor Veronica Pickering MBS DL

High Sheriff of Nottingham

Registration from: 11:45am

Lunch: 12:30pm

Professor Veronica Pickering, High Sheriff of Nottingham, joined us and gave some insights into her role as High Sheriff of Nottingham and talked about the importance of diversity in multiple social and economic contexts.

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Professor Veronica Pickering was originally from Kenya and joined us during Black History Month, and she has certainly made her mark on Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, as well as her home nation, to champion the needs of diverse communities. Her lifetime's achievements are remarkable.

Earlier this year, Veronica made history as the first black African / Caribbean and Kenyan woman to take up the role of High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. A role appointed by King Charles, which she described it as a "huge honour" and the "icing on the cake."

Working in the public sector for more than 25 years, Veronica's high profile roles have also included being an international child protection consultant for the United Nations.

She was the first black woman appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in 2013 and the first black woman to be appointed RAF Honorary Air Commodore for 504 (County of Nottingham Squadron).

Veronica is currently a trustee of the RSPB, a board member of HMP Nottingham's Employment Advisory Board and executive coach and champion of diversity and inclusion. What an inspirational speaker!


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Professor Veronica Pickering MBS DL


Professor Veronica Pickering was born in Kenya and moved to Kent with her parents in the late 1960’s.

Veronica has over 25 years experience as a social worker, children’s guardian, and international child protection consultant for the United Nations.

She also supports a number of Nottinghamshire based charities and organisations and is a champion of the needs of diverse communities as well as advising on diversity and inclusion techniques within a number of companies and organisations across the UK.

Veronica is the first black woman to ever be appointed to the role of High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. Prior to this she held roles as Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, RAF Honorary Air Commodore for 504 (County of Nottingham Squadron) appointed and approved by her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 2nd.

In 2022 Veronica was awarded the title of Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear by his excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, making her the only person in the UK to have been given this title.

The Timetable

What to expect at NCBC

Arrival at 11:45, sign in and collect your badge before being escorted into the reception area.

Enjoy a bit of opening networking with the other members and guests of the lunch. Drink included.

Sit down for a two course lunch including a starter and a main followed by coffee. After lunch the guest speaker will take to the podium for their speech.

The meeting and lunch is drawn to a close.

Parking is available at St.James NCP. Pay at the gate, or download the "Park Pass" app, create a profile before you arrive at the car park, then use the QR code on entry and exit to the car park.


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