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The High Sheriff

Major General Ashley Truluck CB CBE

Contact details

Email: sheriff@broadchalke.net

Telephone: 01722 780852

Or contact can be made with the Lieutenancy Office, who will pass on details:

Lieutenancy Office
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
BA14 8JN

Telephone: 01225 713103

Email: lieutenancy@wiltshire.gov.uk

Ashley has enjoyed a particularly varied career in military, public and commercial life, spending much of his time in the Far East and Europe.Otherwise, home has been Wiltshire, living in Amesbury, Swindon, Wilton and now Broad Chalke near Salisbury.

As a soldier, he served with the Gurkhas, in Signals & Intelligence, and on the General Staff.  Senior appointments included the Army's Brigadier General Staff and Commander Far East Detachments, Director Attack Helicopters,and Assistant Chief of Staff at NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied PowersEurope. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1997 and madea Companion of the Bath in 2001.  On retirement from the Army as a Major General in 2001, he became honorary  Colonel Commandant Royal Corps of Signals and Chairman of its benevolence trust, and chairman of the Wessex Region of the Gurkha Welfare Trust. He is also a Trustee of the Armed Forces Common Investment Fund.

In his second career as a Strategic Consultant he has run major change programmes for the Ministry of Defence, London Law Courts, National Fire & Rescue Services and acted as a strategic advisor for IBM.  He has latterly indulged his passion for history as Managing Consultant of The Cultural Experience, and as Chairman of The Society for Army Historical Research.

He is married to Jenny with two children, one grandchild and two dogs not necessarily in that order of precedence. He is a keen offshore sailor, having participated in several trans-ocean crossings and the Round the World Yacht Race and run an off shore sailing club for many years. He and his wife are keen walkers, including occasional treks in the Himalayas. They are both heavily involved in local charity and community projects, and Ashley will be using his year as High Sheriff to shine a light on the work of the Wiltshire Community Foundation, of which he is Chairman.

Uniform and Badge of Office

The ceremonial uniform that is worn by male High Sheriffs today is called Court Dress. It has remained essentially unchanged since the late 17th century and consists of a black or dark blue velvet coat with steel-cut buttons, breeches, shoes with cut-steel buckles, a sword and a cocked hat. A lace jabot is worn around the neck. Some High Sheriffs wear their military uniform instead of Court Dress. Today, lady High Sheriffs generally adapt the style of traditional Court Dress to suit their needs. Ceremonial uniform is worn at a wide variety of functions but when not wearing Court Dress, a High Sheriff will wear a Badge of Office on a ribbon.