Retiring Deputy Lieutenant – Mrs Edith Conn OBE JP DL

Edith celebrated her 75th Birthday on the 7th October and has retired her Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks her for her dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester and the North West, her charitable work and fundraising and serving for 22 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Edith was born in 1948 and was educated at Manchester Metropolitan University where she was awarded a B.A.(Hons) Humanities.

Over the years Edith has given a significant amount of her time to the community and to a number of different charities and charities. She worked as a counsellor with the Citizens Advice Bureau and was the treasurer for the NSPCC. Edith became chairman of Manchester International Exhibition of Expressionism, was a committee member of the North West War Pensions Committee, chairman of Heart Research, Greater Manchester and a committee member of Christie Against Cancer.

Edith joined the Greater Manchester Branch of the British Red Cross in 1978 and since that time has held varied responsibilities including: District co-ordinator, Finance committee member, Branch Trustee, Awards Panel Chairman, 125th Birthday Chairman, North West Chairman of the National Humanity Awards, Landmine Appeal Chairman, a member of the Board for British Red Cross Events Ltd., committee member of the International Red Cross Gala Ball, Honorary Branch Director and chairman of the Manchester Gala Ball. In 1989 Edith was awarded the Badge of Honour for Devoted Service and Honorary Life Membership and in 1993 the Badge of Honour for Continued Dedicated and Distinguished Service. She was appointed Deputy President of The Greater Manchester Red Cross in 1995 and that same year she was appointed Magistrate to the Bolton Bench and became a chairman in 2000. In 1999 she was appointed President of the Greater Manchester Red Cross.

In 2000 Edith was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen when she was awarded the OBE for services to The Greater Manchester Red Cross.

Edith’s interest in the Red Cross continues and grows; she was appointed President of the North West Area of the British Red Cross in 2005 and received the Badge of Honour for Outstanding Service to the British Red Cross.

Edith is a trustee of The Skelton Charity and the Chair of Greater Manchester Committee of CrimeStoppers but the hardest volunteering she has ever done was as Trustee and Chair of We Love Manchester charity in the wake of the Arena bomb.

Edith was appointed High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 2008 and served a three year tenure as Vice Lord-Lieutenant from 2014 – 2017.

Thank you Edith from all of us at the GM Lieutenancy.