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Sharman sat as a Magistrate from 1981 until 2013 and was Bench Chairman from 2009 – 2012.

In 2008 Sharman was honoured to be appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and was hugely privileged to serve as High Sheriff of the County 2015 – 2016. She is an experienced Trustee of many Charities and Charitable Trusts and is Honorary Colonel of the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force. In 2017 she became a member of the Tameside Schools Independent Admission Appeals & Permanent Exclusion Panels.

Sharman is a Soroptimist and is a keen supporter of local Theatre.  She enjoys watching football with her husband and they share their home with their elderly Welsh Terrier, Tallulah.


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Lawrence has worked and volunteered for several Manchester based charities over the past decade. His background is in youth and community work, which developed into a national role in community development. More recently he has worked as a Service Manager for an established social welfare charity that is based in the North-West. Lawrence is a family man, who is passionate about social justice and helping others.

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Jan O’Connor JP

After starting my career in Corporate Banking I have for the last 18 years worked in the voluntary sector, managing one of the oldest children's charities in Manchester for 13 years. I now work for a homeless charity in Bury, where we offer supported accommodation to homeless young people and adults. I am also involved as a trustee with a young girls' hostel in Manchester and other charitable trusts.

 It has been my privilege to have been involved as a Trustee for these group of Charitable Trusts for over 15 years now. What has been astonishing in this relatively short time is how the needs of the people we are asked to support has changed. We have been able to adapt our support and form new links with charitable and statutory services throughout Manchester to try and help as many people as possible and in ways that will help ease the effects of poverty at a critical time in their lives. It is at times a humbling experience and we hope one day that we are no longer needed.


William Egerton Esq. JP DL

Bill was born in 1944 and has been married to Maureen for over 50 years. They have one son and a granddaughter.

Bill has spent much of his working life in local politics and served the people of Manchester in a number of roles not least that of the City's Lord Mayor in 1992/3. He was a City Councillor for 28 years during which time Bill has been Leader of Manchester City Council from 1982 - 1984 and Chairman of a number of Council Committees such as Land and Development; Education Sub-Committee; Policy and Finance and Regeneration and Deputy of the Ship Canal Company.

Bill was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1985 and served as Chairman of Manchester Magistrates Bench for three years. He has served as Chairman North Manchester NHS Healthcare Trust; Director North Manchester NHS Healthcare Trust; a Member North West Lottery Board; Director Manchester Science Park; Director Manchester World Trade Centre; Director Manchester Airports Board; Director Air & Space Museum; Greater Manchester Police authority and a member of the Salford Division's Committee for Social Responsibility in RC Diocese of Salford.

He was appointed an Honorary Alderman City of Manchester in 2007 and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant Greater Manchester in 2004; Chairman of Governors, St Peter's High School, Manchester and St Willibrand's Primary, Manchester and Deputy Chairman, St Anne's Ancoats RC Primary School and is a Member and is a trustee of various charitable trusts in the city.

He was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in March 2013.

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Shirley Adams JP

Shirley Adams has been a Trustee of the Relief in Need, Children’s Relief in Need and District Nursing for over 28 years.  Prior to her retirement in 2014 she was Chief Executive of Gaddum Centre and prior to that Director of Wood Street Mission.  She also worked for NACRO for over 11 years specialising in housing issues.  She has been a Trustee of a number of local grant giving charities.

Shirley has been a Magistrate since 1989 and undertakes both Adult Crime Courts and Family Courts and sits at all the Magistrates’ Courts in Greater Manchester.

Shirley is also Chairman of Governors at a local primary school, a volunteer with the Churches Conservation Trust maintaining an historic church in Rochdale and is Chair of the local Cancer Research fundraising committee.

In her spare time, she undertakes flower arranging, needlework, gardening and walking.


Anna Addison

Anna worked for the NHS for just over 40 years. The last 15 years were based in Manchester working in Children's services- community and hospital services. Much of her work involved multi-agency working to help and support children and families. She is currently a Governor of a special school in Trafford. Her interests include football, walking and going to concerts and the theatre.


Ruth Seabrook

Ruth has over 40 years’ experience in health and social care in the public and voluntary sectors with a specialism in residential services to adults and children. She is currently employed as the Manager of a hostel for homeless young women in Manchester.


Howard Bowden

Howard has almost 30 years experience of working within the health and social care services, working with all sectors of the community from extremely vulnerable adults and children within the social care setting and mental health services. Having also spent a considerable time working within the palliative care services working with young oncology services and as advisory lead for Macmillan Health & Social Care Service . Currently working within the Community Special Needs team for central Manchester, working with complex children many with life limiting conditions; in clinical, schools and community settings. Howard is also a public Governor for Pennine NHS Foundation Trust representing HMR . He is also the Chair and Vice-chair of two community heritage groups and the Volunteers Advocate North Region for the Churches Conservation Trust .