The role of the Sheriff in welcoming visitors to the city is often less formal than the Lord Mayor's. This 
is especially relevant to the promotion of Nottingham's historic associations and links with the legends of Robin Hood.


To promote Nottingham as a destination for visitors for short breaks, conferences, business and shopping.
To encourage local residents to use and take part in cultural/ leisure activities opportunities in the city and county.
The Sheriff of Nottingham is Councillor Patience Uloma Ifediora.

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Sheriff of Nottingham

Background of the Sheriff of Nottingham

Councillor Patience Uloma Ifediora was born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria. She is a devoted Christian and a regular church goer. Patience graduated with a BA in History and Masters in political science after which she developed a career in the banking industry in Lagos. She relocated to London in 1998 and has lived in Nottingham since 2006. Councillor Patience is married with four children with her eldest at university and her second eldest getting ready to go to university this autumn.

Before she became a councillor, Patience worked for Nottingham City Council and also Eon energy. In 2015, Patience was elected as one of the Councillors for Aspley Ward. Patience made history by becoming the first woman from African origin to be elected as a Councillor in Nottingham City. She has served on many committees, including overview and scrutiny, call in panel, children and young people scrutiny, health scrutiny, planning, trusts and charities and area committee.

Outside these duties she has been a member of the board of directors of Nottingham City Homes and standing committee for Religious Education, SACRE. She has also represented Nottingham City Council at the Nottinghamshire combined Fire Authority. Patience is actively involved in community events and has also successfully established food bank in various places in Nottingham in collaboration with different local organizations.

In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, travelling, learning different languages, watching football, and sports. Patience is honoured to be chosen as Sheriff of Nottingham for 2019 to 2020 and looks forward to serving the people of Nottingham during her Term of Office.

The Sheriff's Lady Consort

Patience has chosen to share the role of Sheriff’s Lady between her two daughters, Miss Rachel Ifediora and Miss Hilary Ifediora for the year. Rachel is currently a university law student and Hilary will be going to university this year. They are both passionate about making a difference in the community.  

Key Tasks

To support the tourism strategy for the city and county

To welcome tourists and visitors to the city at various events, including conferences and entertainment/hospitality venues

Hosting welcome receptions in order to promote the city, in particular for conference delegates and journalist familiarisation visits

To work with Experience Nottinghamshire at promotional events such as tourism and destination exhibitions

Opening new retail, entertainment or visitor attractions in the city and county

More Information

For more information please contact the Civic Office on 0115 876 5654 or 0115 876 5655 alternatively email

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