Lorraine is a former freelance broadcaster, mainly with the BBC, as well as film editor with Granada Television.
In 1998, Lorraine was awarded the M.B.E. for “outstanding service to broadcasting and the community”, and became a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 2008. In addition to this role, she is part of the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy Honours Committee, which exists to encourage the people of Greater Manchester to nominate outstanding individuals from the community for an honour.
Lorraine’s care for and involvement with the communities of Greater Manchester, and further afield, have seen her undertake the role of CSV’s Regional Manager, line managing social action desks across the ten BBC radio stations of Northern England. She has also been Chair of the Prince’s Trust for Greater Manchester, is a former Manchester Magistrate, and a NED on both the Stockport and Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authorities and for DCMS Ministerial Appointments. In 2020 she was chosen as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in the ‘f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign’ a celebration of inspirational businesses led by women in the UK. She is currently Trustee of F.A.B. Family and Babies Charity and of the Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust . She is a member of the Greater Manchester Crimestoppers Panel and is Ambassador of The Pankhurst Trust, Proud & Loud Arts and Kidscape Charity.
In April 2022 she was Installed as High Sheriff of Greater Manchester 2022-2023. On Sunday 11 September 2022 in St Peter’s Square Manchester, she proclaimed to the County of Greater Manchester, the Accession of King Charles 111. In November 2022 she received the Person of Purpose Award 2022-23 by ‘She Inspires International Awards.’ and in April 2023 she received an award from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police in recognition of her ‘Outstanding Public Service.’’
She & her husband Bob, own Countess Publicists and Lorraine is a theatre reviewer and travel writer.