Sharman Birtles D.L. J.P.
Sharman was born in Droylsden and was educated at Fairfield High School for Girls. After leaving school she joined The Royal Bank of Scotland (formerly Williams Deacons and Williams & Glyn’s) where she worked in various Departments before becoming Regional Facilities Manager. After taking early retirement in 1997 Sharman concentrated on her Voluntary Work which included serving as Deputy Chairman of Governors at a local primary school, working part-time at the ‘Churches on the Edge’ Charity Shop and serving as a Member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Forest Bank.
Sharman was appointed as a Magistrate on the Manchester City Bench in 1981. She has served as the Chairman of the Licensing Bench, spent three years as Deputy Bench Chairman and was elected as Bench Chairman from 2009 - 2012. In 2013 she transferred to the Supplemental List.
In 2008 Sharman was honoured to be appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant and in 2013 Sharman was appointed as Patron of Marie Curie Cancer Care for Greater Manchester. Sharman served as High Sheriff of Greater Manchester 2015 – 2016.
She continues to work at the charity shop and is a Governor of the Cotton Districts and Barnes Charity and a Trustee of a number of other Charities which provide relief to families living in poverty. Sharman is also a Panel Member of the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund and a Trustee of the Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Fund. In 2016 Sharman was welcomed as a new Trustee to the Board of SAFE, a Charity which deals with female exploitation and modern day slavery.
As a member of Soroptimists International she is a keen supporter of various local, national and international charities which further the causes of women and children. Sharman is also a member of the Christie Hospital Foundation and a Patron of Guide Bridge Amateur Theatre. She is a supporter of St. Ann’s Hospice, The Donkey Sanctuary and Manchester Dogs Home. Some years ago Sharman joined the Fairfield Old Girls Association and is always keen to support their nominated charities; in 2015 she was invited to become a School Board member at Fairfield. Sharman has also previously raised funds for Harefield Hospital and the New Heart New Start Appeal at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Sharman married her husband Grahame in 1987 and they live in Audenshaw. When not too busy they enjoy walking with their Welsh Terrier, Tallulah. They are also interested in local history and are past members of the Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society. They are also members of the Royal Society of St. George. Football is another passion.
Sharman is a passionately proud Mancunian and never fails to promote the City she loves, to anyone who cares to listen!