Beaverbrooks chairman Mark Adlestone OBE has made a public appearance in his new role of high sheriff of Greater Manchester as his official portrait was hung at Manchester Crown Court.

He was chosen for the role by the Queen in March, and was officially installed in April. He is spending a year as an unpaid Keeper of The Queen’s Peace in Greater Manchester.

“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,” Adlestone says.


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 brings considerable experience and expertise to the role, having introduced the concept of charitable giving at Beaverbrooks, which donates 20% of its retained profits to charity.

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, was hung at Manchester Crown Court.

Since 2000, the company has donated in excess of £13m to over 750 charities.

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.