The Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Manchester were just some of the high profile faces in attendance as the official portrait of the new High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Mark Adlestone OBE DL, was hung at Manchester Crown Court.
Mr Adlestone, who is also the chairman of 100-year-old jewellers Beaverbrooks, was chosen by Her Majesty the Queen to become the High Sheriff in March, and was officially installed in April.
He will now 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.
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. Since 2000, the company has donated in excess of £13m to over 750 charities.
Mark, who was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 2017, and also 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 Greater Manchester and making further contributions to the community.”