Singapore-born Christopher Khoo Teik-Kooi (left) was sworn in as the High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire, in Reading, England, yesterday.
It is believed that Mr Khoo is the first person of Chinese descent to be appointed to the role, which is now largely ceremonial, but carries the status of being the Queen's highest judicial officer in the county.
He is the son of the late Professor Khoo Oon Teik, founder of the National Kidney Foundation.
He was educated at Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road), the University of Cambridge and St Mary's Hospital London (now Imperial College).
He was consultant plastic surgeon in the UK's National Health Service for 25 years (the first Chinese person to be appointed to this position in the UK), and remains in private practice.