The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester

Sir Warren Smith KCVO KStJ JP - Appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in June 2007

Sir Warren Smith was born in Manchester in 1948; he is a retired businessman. Appointed a justice of the peace in 1983 and high Sheriff 1997/8.

Regeneration is a passion and a thread that runs throughout his business and public life. In a voluntary capacity he has been involved in the development of many high-profile projects including the Bridgewater Hall, the Lowry, Urbis, John Ryland’s Library, Ordsall Hall and Manchester City Art Gallery.

Social exclusion has remained an interest for over 30 years during which time the Lord-Lieutenant has chaired or has been a trustee of national, regional, and local organisations dealing with drug , alcohol and mental health problems, community relations, poverty and justice. He still maintains an interest in these areas particularly community relations and amongst his patronages in this area is patron of the British Muslim Heritage Centre.

As Lord-Lieutenant, his interests include the Armed Forces and cadets, scouting, social exclusion, education and welfare, supporting the charity sector and encouraging volunteering. As Custos Rotolorum, the Lord-Lieutenant chairs the Greater Manchester Advisory and Conduct committee for magistrates. He is High Steward of Manchester Cathedral where he chairs the Cathedral Council, the steering and development committees.

For other patronages and awards please see 'Lord-Lieutenant's Patronages and Presidencies' in the Menu