Coroners Office


H.M Coroner Isle of Wight

  • H.M Senior Coroner - Mrs Caroline Sumeray LL.B. (Hons), Dip FMS, Barrister.

The following  Assistant Coroners act when the Coroner is not available and have the same duties and powers.

  • Assistant Coroner - Mr Hugh Calloway.
  • Assistant Coroner - Mr John Matthews DL. B.A. (Law).

The Coroner is assisted by one full time Coroner's Officer with two deputies on a part time basis.


Overview of the Coroner service

The Coroner investigates where there is:

  • Violent or unnatural deaths.
  • The cause of death is unknown.
  • Any death which may have occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention.


Please note: Coroners are not employed by the Local Authority. However the Local Authority does fund the Coroner's service and all of the office staff are employed by the Isle of Wight Council.