A PROPERTY boss has been appointed High Sheriff of Somerset.

Richard Lloyd, executive chairman of South-West property development company Summerfield, has been given the honour for 2014/15.

During his year in office, Mr Lloyd will play an active role in promoting the voluntary sector and supporting the emergency services.

His role is also to attend visits to Somerset by members of the Royal family, ensure the well-being and protection of High Court judges in Court and present High Sheriff awards to recognise volunteers, charities and ‘unsung’ heroes.