Dr Helen Bowcock OBE, DL served as High Sheriff of Surrey in 2013/14. Through a family charity, The Hazelhurst Trust, she supports a number of local causes and is a member of the Advancement Committee of the University of Surrey. She is author of a report entitled Hidden Surrey: Why local giving is needed to strengthen our communities published in 2009. She was a founding director of a family software company and managed its HR through a period of rapid growth. As a mature student she completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent and is originally a graduate of Durham University.