The official portrait of the new high sheriff of Greater Manchester, Mark Adlestone, has been hung at Manchester Crown Court.
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.
Adlestone, 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% of its retained profits to charity. Since 2000, the company has donated in excess of £13m to over 750 charities.
Adlestone, 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.”
The role of a High Sheriff can be traced back 1,000 years and was even mentioned in the Magna Carta. Originally appointed to act as the monarch’s Agent in the counties, the role is now defined by guiding principles.
As part of his role, Adlestone must support the Royal Family, the judiciary, the police and law enforcement, the emergency services, local authorities and all organised church and faith groups. Wearing a blue tunic, a Sam Browne belt and carrying a ceremonial sword, Adlestone will also welcome High Court Judges and members of the Royal Family on visits to Manchester.
Beaverbrooks, which has recently been named the 10th best company to work for in the UK by Best Companies 2019, is an award winning family owned jeweller since 1919 with 70 stores across the UK, providing quality jewellery, diamonds and watches.