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The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester

Mr. Warren J. Smith KStJ JP DLitt LLD - Appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in June 2007

Warren Smith was born in Manchester in 1948 at the former St. Mary's Hospital on Oxford Road, Manchester, opposite the Palace Theatre.

Educated on the Fylde Coast, his career started with the District Bank in Spring Gardens, Manchester.

He is retired businessman and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1983, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 1995 and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 1997-98.

Regeneration is a passion and a thread running throughout his business and public life. His voluntary activities have been focused on social exclusion and the arts as a driver for regeneration.

From 1983 to 1993 he was a member of Manchester Council for Community Relations and in 1994 founded Progress Trust which was funded by the Government to develop education, employment and training initiatives throughout the black and minority ethnic communities.

In 1992 he became Chairman of the Free Trade Hall Management Company and was founder Chairman of Halogen, the operators of the Bridgewater Hall. In 2000 he became Chairman of The Millennium Quarter Trust which includes URBIS. He was a member of the Architectural Advisory Committee for the extension at Manchester City Art Gallery and a member of the Steering Group that put forward the proposal for The Lowry of which he is an Honorary Member. He is Chairman of Manchester Concert Hall Trust.

From 1995 to 1998 Warren was National Chairman of the charity Turning Point, the largest provider of drug, alcohol and mental health treatment services outside the NHS and from 1995 - 2002 he was Deputy Chairman of Mental Health Services of Salford (NHS Trust). In 1993 and until 2000 he was a member of the Greater Manchester Police Policy Committee on Drug Misuse.

More recently Warren has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Appeal to restore the John Rylands Library (£16M) and a member of the Advisory Panel currently raising £6M to refurbish Ordsall Hall.

Warren Smith is President of the Council of St John, Honorary Colonel of the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force and Chairman of Salford Lads' and Girls' Club and, as Lord-Lieutenant, is focusing on projects which recognise the achievements of young people, the growth of the Cadet Forces and other organisations that support young people in their endeavours to become better citizens.

Warren Smith was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the Universities of Salford (DLitt) and Bolton (LLD) in 2011

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