” ‘Coroner’ – that is a good word, with an ancient and fine heritage. I am very proud to have that word in my title and I am delighted to have the opportunity to give my first major speech as the Chief Coroner of England and Wales to coroners at the Annual Conference of the Coroners’ Society of England and Wales.
The Society is a splendid and valuable organization. For more than 165 years it has represented the interests of coroners, supporting them, informing them, discussing with them, suggesting to them, arguing with them – in a way which is unique and clearly wholly admirable. The indefatigable work on a daily basis of its Secretary, its Officers and its Committee Members on behalf of coroners is truly inspirational. I congratulate the Society for all it does and I know will continue to do in your interests. As Chief Coroner I applaud the work of the Society…”