Warren Smith - Patron
The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester – Warren Smith was born in Manchester. He is a 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. 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. 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 Patron of Beechwood Cancer Care Centre.