Mark Adlestone OBE, chairman of Beaverbrooks, has been chosen by the Queen to become the next High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, having been Deputy Lieutenant since 2017.
The role of a High Sheriff can be traced back 1,000 years and was even mentioned in the Magna Carta. Originally, they were appointed to act as the monarch’s agent in the counties, but now the role has become a largely ceremonial one, but with a strong focus on supporting community projects.
“The High Sheriff is a well-established tradition and it is a great honour for me to take up the role. I look forward to supporting the people of the county and making further contributions to the community,” says Mr Adlestone. “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,” he adds.
The award comes in the 100th anniversary year for Beaverbrooks, which has donated in excess of £13 million to more than 700 charities since 2000. The company commits to donating 20% of retained profits to charity every year.
Beaverbrooks was named the 10th Best Company to Work for in the UK by Best Companies 2019 and Mr Adlestone recognised as the UK’s Best Leader by the same organisation.