Mark Adlestone OBE DL became Chair of the JRC in May 2021.
Mark Adlestone is Chairman of Beaverbrooks the Jewellers. Mark joined the company in 1979, became Joint Managing Director in 1990, sole Managing Director in 2000 and Chairman in 2012.
Beaverbrooks currently have 65 stores nationwide, plus: three Loupe showrooms, 10 TAG Heuer Franchise Boutiques, three Omega Franchise Boutiques, one Tudor Franchise Boutique and one Breitling Franchise Boutique.
Mark is third generation of this family business.
Since 2004 to the present day, Beaverbrooks has been in the top twenty in the Sunday Times Top 100 ‘Best Companies to Work For’, coming first in 2009 and 2021, sixth in 2022.
Mark has won the ‘Leadership Award’ on seven separate occasions.
In 2020, Beaverbrooks was granted the ‘Giving Something Back’ Special Award.
Beaverbrooks hax been awarded t he HM Government Payroll Giving ‘Platinum Award’ every year since 2012 and has gained the Diamond Award in every year since its inception in 2018.
In the UK Jewellery Awards Beaverbrooks has been awarded ‘Employer of the Year’ nine times in the last 10 years.
Beaverbrooks is particularly proud of its very special culture that encourages its colleagues to communicate in an open and honest way. The company has a strong emphasis on charity and community and donates 20% of its of its retained profit annually through the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust.
Since the year 2000, the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust has donated more than £20 million to over 1000 charities.
Mark is Chair of the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust.
Beaverbrooks is very keen to expose all of its colleagues to the concept of charitable involvement and volunteering and therefore gives each persona a minimum of two days per year of paid time to work for a charity of their choice.
Mark oversaw the merger of The Fed (Jewish Social Care in Greater Manchester) and Heathlands Village (Residential Care Home in Prestwich, Manchester). He became Chairman of the newly formed entity now known as The Fed in November 2009. He remained as Chair until November 2018. He remained a Trustee of The Fed until January 2021 when he was appointed a Patron.
Mark is Life President of Eshel UK Friends of Colel Chabad.
He was Governor of Withington Girls’ School between 2014 and 2020. In 2020 the School was awarded the Sunday Times ‘North West Independent School of the Decade’.
In October 2015 Mark was presented with the OBE by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace for ‘Services to Business and Charity in the North of England’.
He has been a Trustee of the Jewish Leadership Council since 2017.
Mark is an Honorary Member of the National Association of Jewellers.
In March 2017 Mark was appointed as a Deputy-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.
In July 2017, at the UK Jewellery Awards Dinner Mark was presented with the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’.
From April 2019-April 2020 Mark served as High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.
In April 2019, Mark became a Trustee of the Greater Manchester High Sheriff Police Trust.
In July 2019, Mark was declared a ‘Freeman of the Mystery of Goldsmiths of the City of London’.
In September 2019, Mark was declared a ‘Freeman of the City of London’.
In July 2020, he became a Patron of the African and Caribbean Mental Health Services.
In October 2020, Mark became an Ambassador for Triple C – Disability within the Arts.
In January 2021, Mark became an Ambassador for Migdal Emunah – an organisation offering guidance, support and advocacy for sufferers of sexual abuse within the Jewish community.
In May 2021, Mark became Chairman of the JRC (Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region).
In June 2021, Mark became Chairman of Mustard Tree – Combatting Poverty/Preventing Homelessness in Manchester & Salford.
Hobbies & Interests: include sport, music and theatre. He plays racket ball, enjoys running, swimming and the gym. Mark loves watching sport and in particular his beloved Blackpool FC. Mark is also a big collecttor of music and has over 2,600 albums and more than 450 vinyl singles. He enjoys live concerts and theatre.
Married to Gabrielle for 32 years, Mark has three daughters – Tara 30, Chloe 28 and Libby 21. Mar has one grandson Ezra, born June 2021.