Retiring Deputy Lieutenant Mr Ian Sandiford JP DL

Ian celebrated his 75th Birthday on the 17th July 2024 and has retired his Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks him for his dedication in serving the communities of Rochdale and Greater Manchester and serving for 10 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Ian was born in Rochdale in 1949 and is married to Janet. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

He was educated at Rochdale Technical School for Boys, before joining the family retail business. In 1969 he expanded the business and started a new retail business in art and craft materials, which later developed into fine art and quality gifts. The company traded on Drake Street, Rochdale for over forty five years.

Having been involved in fundraising all his working life, and now retired, Ian continues with his voluntary work with a passion. He is a past member of Rochdale Round Table 55 and currently a member, and past president, of the Rotary Club of Rochdale East as well as a member of Roch Valley forty one club and a past president of the Rochdale Chamber of Trade. Ian was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1992 and became chairman of the advisory committee for the appointment of Justices; he is presently on the Supplemental list. Ian is a member of The Royal British Legion (Rochdale Branch).

Shortly before retiring Ian formed IJS Promotions, a group that organises charity concerts that have been held throughout the local area using world famous brass bands and raising funds for many local and national charities.

Ian is looking forward to spending quality time with his family and the GM Lieutenancy thanks him and wishes him all the best.

New Deputy Lieutenant Commissions

The Lord-Lieutenant is delighted to announce the appointment of six new Deputy Lieutenants which was posted in the London Gazette on Wednesday 27th March 2024. These are the Lord-Lieutenant’s first commissions. The Lieutenancy congratulates and welcomes them all.

Mrs Sadia Sadf Din LLB – A Resident of Tameside

Sadia Din, originally hailing from Bolton, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role as Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester. As an educator, she has taught Law, Religious Education and Philosophy since 2005, following her LLB Hons from the University of Central Lancashire and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. Sadia’s commitment to inclusivity and support for the vulnerable is evident throughout her career. She has worked closely with students with special educational needs, including work in Equality and Diversity at Salford University. Currently she assesses the quality of services for the most vulnerable within a charity, reflecting her passion for advocacy.

As a registered Examiner and a Governor for a High School, Sadia champions high quality education for all. Beyond her professional roles she actively engages in community service, volunteering in local primary schools and offering tutoring to struggling students. Raised in a diverse community, Sadia recognises the invaluable contribution of the voluntary sector in fostering support and cohesion. She actively promotes a culture of inclusivity and empowerment, particularly for women and youth throughout her involvement with local charities and mentoring initiatives

Mrs Lindsey Forbes TD VR – A Resident of Stockport

Lindsey Forbes was born in Southport. She graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Geography and joined the Civil Service. Following this, she joined Royal Insurance on their management trainee scheme.

After a number of years in the insurance industry she sought a change in career and completed a Master’s degree in Computation at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. She has worked for CGI IT UK Ltd, a leading IT solutions company, since her graduation, based in their Manchester office. She has specialised in the energy industry and in particular in smart metering.

In parallel to this she has had a successful career in the Army Reserve. Having joined Liverpool University Officer’s Training Corps she transferred on commissioning to 103rd (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers), eventually rising to command the Regiment. She was promoted to Colonel and appointed as the Reserve Corps Colonel of the Royal Artillery. She is currently Deputy Commander of the Army North West.

In her spare time she plays netball and is an enthusiastic skier.

She is a keen champion of opportunities for women in both the IT industry and in the Forces. She is an advocate of Veterans’ affairs and the Armed Forces Covenant.

She is married to Alex and has two sons Robert and Max.

Mrs Debra Jean Green OBE – A Resident of Trafford

Debra Green OBE is the National Director and Founder of Redeeming Our Communities (ROC), founded in 2004; a registered charity and Limited company. She is an author and is frequently asked to speak at events and conferences. Debra is married to Frank and they have 4 grown up children.

Debra has 25 years of experience in bringing organisations together towards the goal of social transformation, starting with her home city of Manchester. Since 2004, this work has expanded and she has acted as a consultant to many other towns and cities with significant results. Such work has attracted interest from public services and local authorities who are impressed by the proven track record and results achieved. She received an OBE in 2012 in recognition of services to community cohesion.

Mr Mark Llewellin – A Resident of Tameside

Mark was born and raised in the West Country. He studied performing arts in Yorkshire before moving to London to work at Mountview Theatre School and then London Transport where his duties included broadcasting travel information. It was during this period that he became involved with the Friends of Highgate Cemetery, serving as Secretary. He remains a life member.

Thirty years ago, he relocated to Tameside and was appointed the Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Marketing and Business Development Director. He wrote his first book – They Started Here – about the history of the venue. This led to many requests to give talks, which he continues to do on a variety of topics often in aid of local charities, a second book and an annual commitment to look after Canadian Coronation Street fans visiting Manchester. www.marktalks.co.uk

Mark’s late partner, actor Roy Barraclough MBE, became the first patron of Tameside’s Willow Wood Hospice and Mark has continued this involvement serving as volunteer fund-raiser, patron, trustee, and is currently Vice Chair. Mark is also a director/trustee of Your MCR which offers work experience and mentoring to media students whilst making a weekly on-line magazine programme and podcast focusing on Manchester’s arts and charity sectors.

Mark is a keen supporter of Greater Manchester theatres, performing arts and heritage. He is a supporter of The British Music Hall Society and co-owner of Daisy Nook Garden Centre in Oldham.

Mrs Catherine Louise Scott – A resident of Rochdale

Mrs. Catherine Louise Scott, known to all as Louise, was born Catherine Louise Bell on April 22nd, 1968. For 34 years, she has been happily married to Michael Scott.

Louise’s story is one of remarkable dedication and commitment, professionally and in service to her community. After leaving school, she began her career at NatWest Bank, while nurturing her passion for culinary arts through evening classes and certifications in catering.

Louise moved to her family’s construction business, H Bell & Sons (Rochdale) Ltd in 1990, intending to support her father’s retirement for a year. However, her love for the industry and its daily challenges meant she couldn’t leave. She works alongside her brother and her husband, a situation she describes as ‘Interesting’! Today, she manages various aspects of the business, while advocating for diversity and youth engagement in the construction sector through her work with the company’s teams and local schools and colleges.

Beyond her work, Louise is a beacon of support for numerous community causes. She tirelessly fundraises for Springhill Hospice Rochdale, champions environmental sustainability through Rochdale and Norden in Bloom, and lends her support to initiatives like Petrus Incredible Edibles and WHAG, providing aid to vulnerable people in her home town. Additionally, she is a devoted supporter of Jolly Josh Charity, fostering nurturing environments for children and families.

In her leisure time, Louise enjoys family activities, gardening, photography, and furthering her culinary skills. Her life exemplifies the power of passion, service, and continual learning to build a better place for everyone.

Commodore Phillip Waterhouse MA DipRSA FCILT ESLog – A Resident of Bolton

Commodore Phil Waterhouse was born in 1966 and grew up across the Ridings of Yorkshire. Joining the Royal Navy as a Junior Sailor in 198, he was about to commence Petty Officer courses when he was promoted to the Officer Corps in 1988

Roles included logistics command posts at sea in Frigates, Destroyers and Amphibious ships as well as seagoing appointments on operational battlestaffs. Ashore he commanded the Defence Maritime Logistics School and a major MOD Project and was the Deputy Commanding Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Devonport Naval Base. On selection for Commodore, he became Naval Regional Commander Northern England and the Isle of Man in early 2017; coincidentally he became an Aide de Camp to the Sovereign.

Retiring from the Royal Navy in 2023, he now works as the Group Corporate Affairs Director for APCL, an international and national group of companies that provides naval and mercantile ship building, ship repair and ship maintenance.

Commodore Waterhouse is a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Chairman of Mersey Maritime, a Director of Maritime UK, President of Hull4Heroes and is a Younger Brother of Hull Trinity House. A former Chair of Broughton House Veterans Care Village in Salford, he remains on the Board of Trustees; he is passionate in supporting the Armed Forces Covenant and all it means for serving and retired service personnel and their families.

His hobbies are centered on home life and an unhealthy obsession with rugby league and cricket; he is a Life President of the Royal Navy Rugby League Association and a Wigan Warriors Season ticket holder; he is also a practicing ECB Cricket Umpire. He is married to Colleen.

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant Stephen Lowe DL FCIB

Stephen celebrated his 75th Birthday on the 15th March and has retired his Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks him for his dedication in serving the communities of Oldham and Greater Manchester and serving for 8 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Stephen was born in 1949; retiring from Banking with the RBS Group in 2013 after 46 years service working throughout the World with the Bank.

His community involvement includes the setting up of Oldham Business Awards, Rochdale Business Awards, and Oldham Sports Awards.

He is currently a Governor at St Herbert’s Primary School Chadderton.

Stephen was previously Chair of Governors at Oldham 6th Form College, Director of Groundwork Trust and Director of Oldham Coliseum.

Stephen currently works with the Stoller Charitable Trust, who provide Grants and Donations throughout the Greater Manchester Area, concentrating on improving the lives of others, with a special emphasis on young people in Oldham.

He was awarded the Ambassador of Oldham 2014, and the Paul Harris Fellowship in 2015 for his services to the community of Oldham.

Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2016

His hobbies include being a season ticket holder at Oldham Athletic, and a member of Saddleworth Golf Club.

Stephen is married to Kathleen a Professional Artist. They have 2 children, Michael and Katie, and 5 grandchildren Dylan, Aoife, Conor, Amelie and Eva.

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

New Independent Chair of the Greater Manchester Ethics Committee Appointed

One of the Greater Manchester Deputy Lieutenants, Dame Robina Shah DBE DL JP, has been appointed as the New Independent Chair of the Greater Manchester Ethics Committee.

The Committee advises Deputy Mayor Kate Green and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on the complex dilemmas that policing faces in the modern world. When first established in 2014 the Greater Manchester Ethics Committee was the first of its type in the country due to its wide-ranging remit and GMP’s commitment to giving access to their systems and people, all with the aim of building trust and public confidence in policing.

Dame Robina said: “I am delighted to join the Ethics Committee at this crucial time, especially with its focus on integrating and sustaining core principles of ethics in policing. As former Chair of the Professional Standards Board at Greater Manchester Police and Board Advisor to the College of Policing, I hope to share this specific experience to further strengthen the Committees role in ensuring independent scrutiny of policing practice, behaviour, and professionalism. It is essential we build and earn trust with all our key stakeholders and therefore active collaboration, partnership and engagement with my colleagues, the police, and the community we serve will be a top priority.

further information can be found on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s website here.

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.

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant – Mrs Khumi Burton JP DL

Khumi celebrated her 75th Birthday on the 21st September and has retired her Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks her for her dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester and Cheshire, her charitable work and fundraising and serving for 20 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Khumi was born in Manipur, India, near the Burmese Frontier in 1948. After graduation, to avoid following her father’s footstep and join the Indian Civil Service, she joined instead Air India and had postings in Beirut, Hong Kong, Perth and London during her 5 year stint. In 1976 she married Sidney Burton a retired Major with the Cheshire Regiment.

Khumi has spent most of her married life working within the Community in Cheshire and Manchester. She was the Team Attaché for Turks and Caicos during the Commonwealth Games; organiser of the Portico Prize for Literature (a mini Booker Prize of the North); served as member of the Air Transport Users Council (CAA appointment) and sat on Manchester Airport consultative committee; a Board of Visitors for Styal Prison and then a Board member and subsequently Chairman of Greater Manchester Crimestoppers.

She co-ordinated the 750th Anniversary Events of the Parish of Wilmslow in 2000; initiated the Wilmslow Street Party in 2002 to celebrate the Queens Jubilee and is now a yearly Community Event; organised the VJ-Day celebration for Veterans in Wilmslow/Stockport in 2005 and organised visits to Arboretum in Litchfield for the surviving ATS/WRACS.

She raised funds to build much needed houses for earthquake victims and families in Gujarat. She enjoys raising funds and promoting good causes like the Genesis Centre, the Red Cross, Marie Curie, Henshaws for the Blind etc.

Her involvement with the Office for National Statistics as an Interviewer gave her the chance to be in touch with people from all walks of life and background and gave her better understanding and insight of the Society we live in.

Khumi’s enthusiasm for the Community does not diminish. She is currently a Royal Volunteer NHS Responder, a role she undertook during the Covid Pandemic, she also raises awareness of Combat Stress (an Army Charity), especially PTSD by organising fundraising lunches and talks.

She sat as a Magistrate on the Manchester Bench in the Adult Court from 1998 until 2011 and a General Commissioner of Income Tax for Manchester Central and South from 1994.

She is interested and enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and is at ease with them.

Khumi was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2003.

Thank you from everyone at the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy.

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant – Mr. William (Bill) Hampson OBE DL

Bill celebrated his 75th Birthday on the 23rd August and has retired his Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks Bill for his dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester and his extensive work abroad helping vulnerable people and for the last 18 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Bill is a leading campaigner for human rights and a former founder member of the Jubilee Campaign. He was made a Freeman of Wigan in 2000 for his work, particularly in Eastern Europe.

As a Director of the Epiphany Trust, Bill has developed a range of award winning projects in Romania, with the Karen People in Thailand and Burma and in Sri Lanka as well as founding Chrysalis Holidays – a social enterprise in Greater Manchester providing educational holidays for adults with learning disabilities.

Bill’s background is in surveying in which role he has worked in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He currently sits on the board of ‘Crossroads Global Village’ which companies with surplus goods with charities that need them.
Bill received an OBE in 2020, honoured for ‘Services to vulnerable people overseas’.

An Honorary Rotarian with Newton-le-Willows Jubilee Rotary and President of Lowton Independent Methodist Church. He is married to Pam and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2005.

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant – Mrs Christine Lee-Jones DL MA MIMgt FRSA

Christine celebrated her 75th Birthday on the 13th June and retired her Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks her for her dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester for over 30 years in the education and voluntary sectors and for the last 16 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Christine was employed in education both in the state and independent sectors moving from London to Greater Manchester in 1991 to become Principal of Eccles Sixth form College in Salford. She was appointed Head Mistress of Manchester High School for Girls in 1998 and retired from that position in December 2008. During her time in the North West she was and remains committed to voluntary service both in the charity and education sectors.

In the education sector she has been a Governor of both the University of Salford and the University of Manchester and a Member of the General Assembly of the latter. In addition she was a Governor of Altrincham Girls Grammar School, a member of the Further Education Funding Council Quality Assessment Committee, Joint Chairman of the HMC/GSA Professional Development Committee and a member of the GSA Council with responsibility for the training of newly appointed Heads.

On her retirement Christine continued her commitment to public service by becoming a Non Executive Director of the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, a NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool. She was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2007 and appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2008 sitting on both the Trafford and Manchester Benches. She was High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 2011-12 and in that capacity became a member of The Greater Manchester Police High Sheriff Trust. In 2012 Christine also became a trustee of Prevent Breast Cancer, a post which she continues to hold.

Thank you from everyone at the Lieutenancy.

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant – Wing Cmdr. Roy Catterall DL RAF VR(T)

Roy, in uniform plants a tree, on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant, as part of The Queen's Green Canopy.
Roy plants a tree, on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant, as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.

Roy celebrated his 75th Birthday on the 4th June and retired his Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant would like to thank him for his dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester for over 50 years, voluntarily supporting young people, veterans and those vulnerable in the community through his engagement with the Air Training Corps, SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity) and through local support charities. He has also served as a Deputy Lieutenant for 16 years.

Roy was born in 1948 in Droylsden, Tameside and was educated at Moorside Primary School and Littlemoss Secondary School before following his father into the Engineering Industry where he became an apprentice with Mather & Platt Ltd.

Following his apprenticeship he was appointed to a variety of positions in the Company culminating in his appointment as the Training & Safety Officer in 1987. Following redundancy in 1996 he joined Skills Solutions (previously Manchester TEC Ltd) and now holds the position of Training Consultant/Assessor responsible for the recruitment and training of engineering apprentices across Greater Manchester.

Roy and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant eating an ice cream during Armed Forces Day in front of an ice cream van where army cadets are queuing
Roy and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant cool down during Armed Forces Day

Roy joined the Air Training Corps in February 1963 as a cadet at 430 (Droylsden) Squadron rising through the ranks until commissioned into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training Branch as a Pilot Officer in 1978. He was promoted to Flt Lt in 1982 when he assumed command of the squadron later transferring to 317 (Failsworth) Squadron. In 1998 he was promoted to Squadron Leader and joined the Wing Staff as the Wing Training Officer; Roy was promoted to Wing Commander in January 2002 and assumed command of East Lancashire Wing.

He became Chairman of the Greater Manchester branch of SSAFA in 2011; under his direction, it has flourished.

In 2017 he became a Trustee of a newly formed charity, The Shed Dukinfield, an organisation which helps older men to avoid social isolation by teaching them new skills whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle. His knowledge and experience of working as an Engineer until his retirement meant he was able to quickly understand and assist the men in learning new skills in their retirement. Roy also helps out at the local foodbank.

Roy presents a cheque to the Mayor of Tameside for his charities from the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund. He is joined by members of the Lieutenancy District Committee
As District Committee Chair, Roy presents a cheque to the Mayor of Tameside, for his charities, from the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund

He was a very active and respected Deputy Lieutenant, representing the Lord-Lieutenant, visiting many local charities to support, guide and mentor them as an assessor for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and enthusiastically promoting UK Honours as part of the Lieutenancy Honours Committee.

Roy is married to Pat and the proud father of two daughters, Susanne (a clinical scientist) and Emma (a teacher). He is passionate about the provision of facilities for youth in the community and enjoys cooking and fine wines.

Thank you Roy for your service to the Lieutenancy and your continued service to the communities of Tameside and Greater Manchester.

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant – Mrs Susan Craig JP DL

Susan has recently retired her Commission and The Lord-Lieutenant would like to thank her for her dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester for several decades including serving as a Deputy Lieutenant for over 15 years.

Susan was born in 1948 in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Although originally from the South of England, she has lived ‘up North’ for 39 years, residing in Trafford for 33 years.

After leaving school she worked as a secretary, but later undertook further education in Sales and Marketing and was employed by Unilever and Grand Metropolitan Hotels. Having received an offer of marriage at the age of 24, she joined BOAC as a stewardess, to see the world before saying ‘yes’.

When she first moved to Trafford with young children, she and her late husband were involved with Christ Church, Timperley, writing, producing and choreographing pantomimes, and being involved in other social functions to raise funds for the church.

Since 1993 Susan has served as a magistrate on Trafford Bench, during which time she has taken on the responsibilities of Chairman of Trafford Licensing, Betting and Gaming Committee, Chairman of the Selection Panel, appointing magistrate members to the Greater Manchester Police Authority, Chairman of Trafford Bench for three years, Chairman of the Magistrates’ Area Training Committee, responsible for the training of 1800 magistrates on the ten benches across Greater Manchester for 2005 and 2006.

During her time as a magistrate she has given many talks in schools and for local organisations on the work of the magistracy. Her late husband Mike, spent his retirement, following a career as a BBC producer and comedy script writer, lecturing on cruise ships all over the world about the ‘Golden age of Comedy’ and when accompanying him Susan often gave talks about the role of magistrates.

Susan sits on the committees of  ‘Variety the Children’s Charity’, ‘The Royal Society of St. George’, ‘Manchester Rotary’, and is President of Sale (318) Squadron Air Cadets.  She also gives many talks for charity entitled ‘Look Back with Laughter’.

Susan was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2007. She sat on the Honour’s Committee and regularly gave talks to community groups about the role of Deputy Lieutenant, the Honour’s System and the Queen’s and King’s Awards. Susan also represented the Lord-Lieutenant on many occasions and was a Queen’s/King’s Award for Voluntary Service Assessor.

Thank you Susan from everyone at the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy.