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Portrait of New High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Officially Hung

14 Jun 2019

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.

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Chairman of industry giant and NAJ member, Beaverbrooks, Mark Adlestone, was selected by Her Majesty the Queen to be appointed High Sheriff of Manchester, officially beginning his role in April, this lifetime achievement was made even more poignant as Beaverbrooks entered its 100th year of trading. 

Adlestone is highly involved with charity work, having introduced charitable giving at Beaverbrooks, leading the company to donate over £13m to over 750 charities since 2000, earning him an OBE for his services to business and charity in the North of England in 2015. We have no doubt that Mark's philanthropic nature will serve him well in his High Sheriff duty of encouraging the growth and development of charties.  

As further features of his new 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, Mark will also welcome High Court Judges and members of the Royal Family on visits to Manchester.

The High Sheriff is a well-established tradition and it is a great honour for me to take up the role

Mark Adlestone

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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.

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 exceptional quality jewellery, diamonds and watches. For further information please visit