In its centenary year, Beaverbrooks is proud to announce that its chairman has been chosen by Her Majesty the Queen to become the next High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.
At a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Mark Adlestone, OBE DL FGA, was formally appointed when, in accordance with ancient tradition, Her Majesty took a bodkin (a blunt needle) and ceremonially pricked a hole through Mr Adlestone’s name on a specially prepared parchment known as ‘The Lites.’
This unusual method dates back to the reign of Elizabeth I. It is understood she was interrupted to appoint a High Sheriff during needlework and, having nothing to write with, pricked a hole through the name on the parchment with the very same bodkin.
Mr Adlestone, who was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 2017, will be officially installed at a ceremony on Thursday 11th April 2019 at Hale Synagogue and will then take on the role for 12 months as an unpaid Keeper of The Queen’s Peace in Greater Manchester.
One of the main features of a High Sheriff role is to support and contribute to the voluntary sector, encouraging the growth and development of charities. Charity-figurehead Mark, who dedicates a minimum of one day a week to his charity and communal work, is particularly looking forward to this opportunity.
Mark, who was awarded an OBE for his services to business and charity in the North of England in 2015, introduced the concept of charitable giving at Beaverbrooks, which donates 20 per cent of its retained profits to charity and since the year 2000, has donated in excess of £13m to over 700 charities.
Mark, who was recently appointed UK’s Best Leader by Best Companies 2019, said: “The High Sheriff is a well-established tradition and it is a great honour for me to take up the role, especially in Beaverbrooks 100th Birthday year. I look forward to supporting the people of the county and making further contributions to the community.
“This is such an exciting opportunity for me and a great reflection on our wonderful company, as well as the work of The Fed, the leading social and welfare organisation within the Jewish Community of Greater Manchester, of which I was Chairman for 10 years.”