The Sheriff of York (22 May 2019 – 25 July 2019) is Mr Dafydd Williams.
Dafydd was born in London, but from the age of seven grew up in the East Riding of Yorkshire village of Newton Upon Derwent, just outside York. He studied Politics and Modern History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
After graduating, he worked a Researcher for a Labour MP in the House of Commons who was during that time first a Government Whip and then Minister for Transport and Shipping.
In 2002 he moved to Plymouth to run the MP's constituency office and in 2003 he was elected as the Councillor for St Budeaux Ward in Plymouth City Council, at that time the youngest Member of the Council. He has held various roles on Plymouth City Council including as a Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment.
Dafydd stood down from the Council in 2008 when he returned to his home city of York. From 2008 to 2017 he worked for Yorkshire Water in a number of roles, rising to become the Head of Corporate Affairs.
In May 2010 Dafydd was appointed as a Magistrate and has served on the magistrate’s bench in York ever since, recently becoming a Presiding Justice.
In 2011 Dafydd was elected to City of York Council as the Councillor for Westfield Ward. Between 2011 and 2015 he served in various positions on the Council's Cabinet, rising to become Leader of City of York Council between 2014 and 2015.
In the 2015 election Dafydd switched wards to represent his home community in Heworth.
Following the 2015 election, he became the Chair of the Council's Customer and Corporate Scrutiny Management Committee, where he gained a reputation as being a key leader of the scrutiny process in York. In May 2019 he stood down from the Council.
In January 2017, Dafydd left Yorkshire Water to become Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications for Associated British Ports Humber and part of the leadership team running the UK's biggest port complex.
In January 2019, Dafydd also took on the role as Chair of the Corporation Board of Hull College.
The Sheriff's role and duties
Together with the current Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker, Dafydd may:
- attend at ceremonial occasions
- welcome international visitors
- attend events organised by local people and community groups
The Lord Mayor's and Sheriff's Charities will be promoted and supported by the Civic Party throughout the Civic Year as part of their civic duties.
The Civic Party welcome invitations to attend public events. Complete our online form to invite the Lord Mayor and Civic Party to your event.
The Civic Party for 2019/20 is:
- The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker
- Lord Mayor’s Consort, Mrs Patricia Castle
- Sheriff of York, Dafydd Williams (until July 25)
- Sheriff of York, Mrs Jo Trythall (from July 25)