How To Address a Sheriff of the City of London?
A question from a faculty member at our institution. He will be introducing the Sheriff of the City of London and is wondering what is the proper form of address for this title?
In the City of London there are two sheriffs elected every year. It’s a ceremonial office unlike a High Sheriff of an English, Welsh, and Northern Irish county which is a functional office.
If the sheriff is simultaneously an alderman of the City of London … which is frequently the case …. both would also be included in an introduction:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Mrs. Alderman and Sheriff (Full Name), member of … and Sheriff of …
In extended conversation it could be shortened to:
If the sheriff is not an alderman In an introduction, he/she would be introduced as:
—-—-Mr./Madame Sheriff (Full Name), Sheriff of the City of London
In direct oral address he/she can be addressed as:
—-—-Mr./Madame Sheriff (Surname)
If your British visitor holds an honor, in an introduction one would say what the initials mean – not say the letters. In the case your distinguished guest is an OBE, you would say that he or she is an:
—-—-Officer of the Order of the British Empire
– Robert Hickey