Greater Manchester Lieutenancy – 1974 / 2017
When the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy was established in April 1974 it was based and serviced by the Greater Manchester County Council (at that time most Lieutenancies were based on their County Council).
The nominal Clerk to the Lieutenancy was the Chief Executive of the County Council but they usually deputed a senior member of their staff to undertake the duties of the Office.
When the ‘shadow’ County Council was set up in 1973 I was asked by the Chief Executive designate (Sir George Odgen) to assist the Lord-Lieutenant designate (Sir William Downward) in the setting up and eventual running of the Lieutenancy.
Neither Sir William nor I had any experience of the work but we agreed that we would learn ‘on the job’.
The staff of the Lancashire and Cheshire Lieutenancies based on the long established Shire County Councils were very helpful in sharing their knowledge and experience, as were the staff of the Duchy of Lancaster Office, and we were ‘ready for action’ on 1st April 1974.
We knew that the Lord-Lieutenant’s responsibilities, in addition to representing The Queen across all aspects of life in the County, included the organisation of official Visits by Members of the Royal Family to Greater Manchester ; ‘Keeper of the Rolls’ as the senior Magistrate in the County with responsibilities for the appointment of Magistrates (together with the Duchy of Lancaster) ; the appointment of General Commissioners of Income Tax (together with the Lord Chancellors Office) ; and the Presentation of Honours and Awards.
We were ‘thrown in at the deep end’ as the first Royal Visit was by The Prince of Wales in the early summer of 1974 involving a full day Programme of engagements. This was followed by a number of Visits by Members of the Royal Family that year setting the pattern for a Programme of Visits of at least twelve every year. In some years eg .2002 Commonwealth Games year, many more.
A particular highlight in the early years was the Silver Jubilee Visit by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1977. This two day Visit included a Royal Garden Party in Longford Park, Trafford - the first provincial Royal Garden Party in England.
Royal Visits were very popular events particularly those of The Queen and the younger Members of the Family. We applied the same detailed Programme preparation to all Visits in liaison with the Host organisation ; the Royal Household ; the Police ; the Local Authority ; and the Press / Media, but Visits by, for example, the Princess of Wales, attracting huge crowds and international media attention, created additional pressures.
The Metropolitan County Councils were abolished in 1986 and a new challenge was presented as the Lieutenancy had to be set up as an independent organisation.
I was asked to take charge of the Office and support for the Lord-Lieutenant and we acquired the rent of a small Office suite in Manchester City Centre. We were supported financially by Government. I was joined by Anne Owens as the Secretarial Assistant and we enjoyed a happy working relationship.
In 1987, on the retirement of Sir William, Sir John Timmins was appointed Lord-Lieutenant and I continued in Office until I retired when Sir John retired in 2007.
Although the nature of the work required a 24/7 availability I was glad that my wife Fran could attend many of the Visits and events.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 34 years in the Lieutenancy Office and was grateful for a challenging yet fulfilling career which gave me, in addition to interesting work, the opportunity to visit Schools, Colleges, Hospitals, Factories, Voluntary Organisations (and Palaces !) meeting so many interesting people.
Her Majesty appointed me a Member of Her Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1989 and a Lieutenant of the Order (LVO) in 2002
I was happy to be given the opportunity to continue an association and involvement with the Lieutenancy when Sir John appointed me a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) shortly before my retirement as Clerk.
As a DL I have been pleased to assist Mr Warren Smith, the Lord-Lieutenant in his wide-ranging and demanding role by undertaking some interesting duties particularly attendance at Citizenship Ceremonies involving recently in my Borough of Trafford, the involvement of local Schoolchildren to witness and take part in these important occasions.
I firmly believe that the Lieutenancies throughout the Country have an important role in all aspects of life of their Counties.
Karen Phillips MBE DL, is the CEO of The Fed and is retiring from her role on March 31st 2017 after 25 years of service. The Federation of Jewish Services (FJS) was created in December 2009. It was brought about the merger of two of Manchester Jewry’s oldest charities – The Fed and Heathlands Village. In November 2011 FJS became known as The Fed, whilst retaining its full title “The Federation of Jewish Services” for legal and charitable purpose.
Whilst acting as CEO Karen has overseen some dramatic changes in the way that The Fed supports the community not least the merger of community services creating an independent living, residential, nursing and end of life home for over 180 people. This 5 acre one stop shop care facility consisting of a children’s centre, next to a community centre, next to care facilities in a vibrant setting is a new model of care far removed from the traditional approach.
Karen said of her impending retirement.
In my work as CEO of a large charity in Manchester, The Fed, I hear many people saying “I feel the same inside. I can’t believe I am here, right here, right now.”
I find myself saying the same thing as I am about to retire from my role. I hasten to say that I am not retiring per se, but leaving a role about which I am passionate and committed.
After careful thought I have decided that now is the time to pursue other interests and roles whilst I have the energy to do so and find the balance in life that has always eluded me.
Having worked hard for over 45 years within the statutory and voluntary sector and been through mergers and angst ridden challenges I know that I have many adventures in the future and am excited about what lays ahead.
Not surprisingly, I have had some sentimental moments. I look at what has been created with great pride and know that the team around me is well capable of taking the organisation forward,
Of course I have some fears about the future not helped by the interminable advice from the suddenly, vastly knowledgeable friends and colleagues (mainly men) who say that they couldn’t possibly and it is the worst thing to do.
I feel differently.
I have seen too many people clinging on past their sell by date, fearful of the future, leaving others pondering how they might move them gently on.
I might write again in twelve months with a different story with a more regretful slant.
Watch this space.
The Lieutenancy wishes Karen a long and happy retirement from her CEO role and looks forward to continuing to support her as a valued DL.
It has been announced that Joy Smith will succeed Sharman Birtles as the HIgh Sheriff for Greater Manchester and will be installed on the 14th April 2016 at a ceremony to be held in the borough of Wigan.
Joy was made a DL in 2008 and is the current chair of Wigan's District Committee. The Lord-Lieutenant is pleased to have such a respected member of the county to take on this role and commented: 'Joy is well known for her charitable work and will make a worthy successor to Mrs Birtles. I very much look forward to working with her in the coming year and to install her as HIgh Sheriff in April.'
We send Joy our very best wishes and every success for the year ahead.
Anthony Goldstone died on 5th May 2015 and he will be greatly missed.
Anthony was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Manchester University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before beginning his working life in the family Clothing Company, founded by his father who was formerly the High Sheriff, where he spent the next 40 years. The company is now run by his son, Philip.
Anthony became a councillor in Manchester and then Greater Manchester; he was chair of the Recreation and Arts Committee. He became the longest serving regional Chair of the Tourist Board founding England's North Country. He was a director of the North West Electricity Board and a non executive director of United Waste Services. His public roles continued as Chair of OFWAT, North West and the Chair of Manchester and North West Learning and Skills Council.
He was elected President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the North West Chambers, a post formerly held by his father. In 2002 he was elected the National President of the British Chambers of Commerce which position he held for over 2 years. The Chancellor appointed him a member of the Apprentice Task Force which he was a member of for 2 years.
In 1984 he was awarded an MBE for work with young people and in 2002 and later an OBE for his work with Tourism. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 1990 in the presence of his father.
Anthony Goldstone had many public appointments including the first Chair of The Prince of Wales Volunteers Group in Greater Manchester.
Anthony leaves a widow, four children and 10 grand children.
Sharman was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2009 and will become High Sheriff of Greater Manchester on the 16th April at a ceremony to be held at Dukinfield Town Hall.
Sharman was born in Droylsden and was educated at Fairfield High School for Girls. She was appointed as a Magistrate on the Manchester City Bench in 1981 and has served as the Chairman of the Licensing Bench, spent three years as Deputy Bench Chairman and from 2009 - 2014 was the Bench Chairman. She works at a local charity shop and is a Governor of the Cotton Districts and Barnes Charity.
Sharman is a passionately proud Mancunian and never fails to promote the City she loves, to anyone who cares to listen and is looking forward to serving the county in this new and demanding way with a partuicular emphasis on understanding and promoting Voluntary Service.
The Lord Lieutenant said: 'Sharman is one of my most experienced deputies and will bring a great deal of creativity to the role of High Sheriff, something she has already demonstrated in her capaity as a deputy'.
All in the Lieutenancy wish her well in her new role
George began his working life with Malta Airlines and then at the HQ of The National Bank of Malta. In the Army he was first a gunner before training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; he was commissioned in l958 and spent the next 34 years as a professional soldier. Before leaving the Army, George was awarded a CBE at the hand of Her Majesty, The Queen.
After leaving the army and until 1998, George ran the Finance and Administration of the Royal Northern College of Music, acting concurrently as Clerk to its Board of Governors. He was a Director of the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music and of its Publishing Company; a multi-million pound, global, music examinations, publishing and teacher development business. George's contribution in this area was recognised as he was awarded an Honorary Degree in Music. In 1998 he was made a Deputy Lieutenant.
In 1999 George joined the Northern Chamber Orchestra Board and assisted in ensuring the continued existence of the Orchestra; he was made a Life Vice President. The same year He was appointed a High Officer of the Corporation of London as The Secondary of London and Under Sheriff, High Bailiff of Southwark. Effectively he was the Corporation's Chief Executive at the Central Criminal Court, known as 'The Old Bailey'. George helped and advised the two Sheriffs of the City of London and acted as their Attorney in the Enforcement Process of High Court Writs and Judgement Debts. He regularly participated in the Lord Mayor's Parade and in other colourful City of London ceremonial events. George was active in the Livery for some 30 years and served as The Master and as a Trustee of the Charitable Funds of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, and also as an ordinary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
George was married to Madeleine in 1961; they have two married sons and four grand daughters and he will be greatly missed.