The Office of Deputy Lieutenant is almost as old as that of the Lieutenancy. In the early years of absentee Lord-Lieutenants, they performed all his military duties. They became so powerful that they were snubbed by the Privy Council who appointed them.
However, the Crown continued to use them and. Although their appointments officially lapsed with that of the Lord-Lieutenant, their duties continued. The power of appointing them was gradually transferred to the Lord-Lieutenant. Deputy Lieutenants were always appointed to act only within one county.
The first Lady Lord-Lieutenant was Jean Roberts, who was appointed Lord Provost of Glasgow in 1960. As the city's first female Lord Provost, she was unique in Scotland until the 1980s. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1962. This is the female equivalent of a knighthood.
The appointment of Deputy Lieutenants
Deputy Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant at their discretion. It's subject only to His Majesty agreeing to the granting of the commission. Under the terms of the Lieutenancies Act 1997, a person may be appointed a Deputy Lieutenant if:
- he/she is shown to have rendered appropriate service. Such service includes service as a member of, or in a civil capacity in connection with, the Armed Forces, and other suitable public service
- he/she has a place of residence in, or within seven miles from the boundary of, the relevant county or area. In choosing Deputy Lieutenants, Lord-Lieutenant should be ready to interpret widely 'other suitable public service'. These can be taken into account. The aim is that, within each county or area, the Deputy Lieutenants should be widely representative of it's life. This includes in social range, gender, ethnic mix and service to the community.
The appointment is not terminated when the Lord-Lieutenant, who made the appointment, ceases to be Lord-Lieutenant. It lapses if the residence qualification ceases to be fulfilled. The post nominal letters are 'DL'.
Deputy Lieutenants of South Yorkshire
Colonel George Kilburn MBE DL
George was born in Yorkshire and educated at Trent College. He also went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the École Superiéure de Guerre/Collége Interarmées De Défense.
During his 36 years military service he commanded at various levels. This includes the 3rd battalion The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and the East and West Riding Regiment. It also included the Land Component of British Forces Falkland Islands and a sector of the UN Mission to Georgia. He retired from the army in 2010.
In 1990 he was awarded the MBE, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal in 2003. He was appointed Honorary Colonel (Reserves) of the Yorkshire Regiment in June 2014. He's a member of the Regimental Council and a trustee of various military charities.
He retired as Chief Executive of The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire (Sheffield) in 2020 and is now the Under Sheriff of South Yorkshire.
Dr Deborah Bullivant MBE EdD DL
Deborah was born in Sheffield and now lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire with her husband Keith and is a mother and grandmother.
Deborah is an educationalist and social entrepreneur. She is also the Founding Chief Executive of Grimm & Co, Yorkshire’s Emporium of Stories, a story destination for Yorkshire folk. It is also a children’s charity that supports the development of socio-cultural literacies through the joyful discovery of stories. She provides family learning and teacher development programmes.
Deborah started her career in community education, leading to headteacher roles, before going on to national educational leadership and policy advisory roles. Specialising in literacy, Deborah champions arts-based learning approaches to narrow the gap for marginalised children, young people and adults.
In 2022, Deborah achieved a Doctor of Education (University of Sheffield) and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours List. This was for her dedication to children and young people’s literacy in Rotherham.
Reverend Canon Keith Farrow DL
Keith is the Vicar of the Benefice of West Barnsley. This includes the parish churches of All Saints’ and St James the Great Silkstone with Stainborough, St John the Evangelist, Hoylandswaine, St John the Baptist, Dodworth and All Saints’, Cawthorne. He is Chairman of the Cutler Charity, which for many years has supported the education of young people. They now provide grants for those in Further Education in the Silkstone area.
Keith is a Barnsley boy born and bred and has spent most of his working life and ministry in South Yorkshire. On leaving school he trained to be a Psychiatric nurse and worked in a range of care settings as a Registered Mental Nurse. His specialty and particular interest in mental health nursing was care of the elderly and those living with dementia. He worked for some years as a Regional Manager in the Voluntary sector for a well-known care provider charity. They were involved in pioneering new ways of meeting the needs of those living with dementia.
Keith was ordained in the Church of England in 2005 and has ministered in various parishes in South Yorkshire. He was a full-time member of the Chaplaincy team in a high security prison for three years. Prior to coming back to Barnsley he was the Vice Dean and Canon Missioner at Sheffield Cathedral. Whilst in Sheffield he was Chaplain to Sheffield Theatres and has been Chaplain to the Master Cutler and High Sheriff of South Yorkshire. Keith is also one of the thirty Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in the Town of Sheffield at Sheffield Assay Office.
Keith is married to Alison, who is a nurse in General Practice and they have three grown up sons and a grandson. Two of his sons are military veterans who have served in the Royal Army Medical Corp and the Paratroop Regiment.
Between his work as a vicar and time spent with family he loves gardening, studying local history and lots of conversation.
John Foster MBE DL
John is Managing Director of Fosters Bakery (Staincross) Limited, a bakery with 200 people. The company sells bakery goods across the world.
He was awarded the MBE for services to unemployed people in South Yorkshire. His honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University saw his commitment to the food industry and to the local community.
He's a Methodist Local Preacher in the Barnsley circuit. He's involved in a range of community activities. This includes, helping released prisoners to find work and promoting Barnsley as a unique tourist spot. He's also a volunteer blood biker delivering urgent medical samples for the NHS. When not busy John relaxes supporting his local ice hockey team.
Colonel Deborah Louise (Rinky) Inglis RRC TD VR DL
Colonel Rinky Inglis joined the Territorial Army (now Army Reserves) in 1988 at the age of 21 years after qualifying as an RGN. In 1992 she specialised in Intensive Care nursing within her civilian role.
Since then, Col Inglis has completed four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was in the Deployed Hospital Care setting.
In 2015 she returned to 212 Field Hospital as the Senior Nursing Officer. 2 years later she was appointed as Regimental 2IC.
In May 2019 Col Inglis was promoted and appointed Commanding Officer of the Unit. In the same year, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross.
Col Inglis is married to Bill, a Lt Col in the RAMC. They have four energetic gun dogs to keep them occupied and fit! She relishes the practical challenges of managing their large garden. She enjoys all sports including skiing (she previously competed and later umpired at Divisional level). Being a true Yorkshire gal, her true passion is cricket.
Robert Edward Nicholson DL
Robert was born in Barnsley and has worked at Cannon Hall Farm, a large family run farm from 1984.
He went to Askam Bryan Agricultural College before joining his family and now plays a leading role in diversifying to a farm/tourism business. It won best large visitor attraction in Yorkshire in 2018
He's a member of the Barnsley Economic Partnership board and National Farm Attractions Group Committee Member.
Robert’s hobbies include walking, fishing and watching Barnsley FC.
John Marren DL
John is a Yorkshire entrepreneur who has grown his Barnsley-based business, Company Shop, into the UK's largest redistributor of surplus food. Across his group of companies he works with all of the major retailers and household brands. They've helped save more that 50 million items of good food from going to waste every year.
In 2013 John opened the first Community Shop in Goldthorpe. Community Shop is the group's social enterprise and the UK's first social supermarket chain, which sells good food at heavily discounted prices. They sell to eligible people in deprived communities. As well as helping to stretch family budgets, Community Shop provides mentoring and help members get their lives back on track. The results have been positive.
Outside of work John has been a long-time supporter of Barnsley charities. This includes the Barnsley Churches Drop-ln Project and The Salvation Army.
Lady Rowena Montagu Stuart Wortley DL
Lady Rowena was born, raised and educated in Yorkshire.
She's the manager of the Wharncliffe estate for over 20 years. She works with other people and local groups to grow and maintain the quality of the local environment for the benefit of the community.
The Wharncliffe Estate covers around 3,500 acres. It's centred around the pretty village of Wortley. It provides employment for local people.
With a portfolio or residential and commercial properties it's a vital part of the local economy and a much sought after location for tenants, leisure pursuits and tourism.
In her role as a community leader she's active in supporting a wide variety of country pursuits, events and festivals. They're a vital part of life in Wortley and the surrounding area of South Yorkshire. These can range from Beagling, Charity Clay Pigeon shoots, church fundraisers to pulling the first pints at the annual Wortley Beer Festival. She personally helps local charities, especially Barnsley Hospice.
When not working, Lady Rowena is a keen walker, dog lover, crossword solver and Bon Viveur!
Major Adrian Hunt DL
Adie joined the Army in 1975 and after training joined the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. He served in Germany, Canada, Belize, Cyprus, Poland and the UK.
He left the Army in 1998 but has since re-enlisted as a Territorial now Army Reserves. He's currently serving with 102 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers as a Subunit Commander and Operations Officer.
He's actively involved with several military charities including Branch Secretary of SSAFA. He also helps the Armed Forces Charity, covering Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. He's the chair of Trustees Rotherham MCVC (Military Community Veterans Centre). Members of Veterans Advisory Pension Committee (Yorkshire & Humber) and Chairman Doncaster and District REME Association
Outside of the military circuit involved he's a trustee with Yorkshire Water Community Trust. He's also a member of the Astrea Academy Trust – The Hill.
Ian Mayer DL
Ian is an entrepreneur, who connects church, commercial, civic and community leadership. He's founded a number of virtual networks and virtual organisations.
He currently manages a number of internet based projects that range from business development to community and social networking. Ian is a trained teacher and graduate in technology.
Ian is the Voluntary CEO of Manna Community, a social enterprise based in Doncaster. He's also the managing director of Mirata Ltd, a technology provider based in the United Kingdom.
Cameron Alexander McLellan DL
Cameron is the Divisional Managing Director of Polypipe Residential Systems Division based in South Yorkshire.
He joined Polypipe in 1993 after graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in Industrial Design. His career grew quickly holding several manufacturing management roles. This includes production director, then operations director before becoming managing director within the building products business on 1 Feb 2014. In March 2019 he became the managing director of the Polypipe Residential Systems Division. This involved looking after Polypipe Building Products. He also looked after Adey, Manthorpe, Robimatic, Surestop as part of his portfolio.
Cameron has also taken a number of external roles promoting manufacturing in the Sheffield City Region. This was done through Enterprising Doncaster, The Manufacturing Forum, the SCR Science and Innovation Board and at a national level. He did this as a Non-Executive Director of the EEF Ltd. This took place from July 2011 to June 2015. In 2015 he was recognised in The Manufacturer Top 100 awards. He was given it for being a driver of cultural change in UK manufacturing.
Cameron was asked to join the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire as a Freeman in October 2011. He was then invited to become a member in 2012.
He's married to Emma and has 2 children Charlotte and Isabelle. His hobbies include cycling, classic cars, guitars, collecting art and golf.
Akeela Mohammed DL
Akeela is the owner of Cavendish House Private Children’s Nurseries.
She is a Lay member of Doncaster Safeguarding Children’s Board (DSCB). She's also a Chair of the Faith and Culture Sub group for DSCB where she's supporting faith settings with Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.
She's a chaplain at Doncaster Hub and currently a trustee for 2 Charities. These are B-Friend, who work towards reducing social Isolation for the Elderly and Doncaster Conversation Club who work to help Asylum seekers and Refugees.
She's a leading member of the Doncaster Christian/Muslim fellowship. She's involved in interfaith work, including organising health and fitness programmes. This is aimed at black and minority ethnic women in the community.
Charles Warde-Aldam DL
Charles lives at Frickley, Doncaster where he manages the family estate - Clayton and Frickley Farms and it's properties.
He previously served on the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's council and other committees for 25 years.
Charles is a steward for the British Horseracing Authority. He's done two terms as a member of their disciplinary panel and sits on their board of appeal. He's a member of the Jockey Club.
He's the director of Thirsk Racecourse and Frickley Park International Horse Trials Ltd. He's also been district commissioner of Badsworth Pony Club since 2003.
The Reverend Stella McHugh DL
Stella is a Church of England minister-in-training (or 'curate') and qualified community mediator.
Her voluntary work has included mediation with neighbours in dispute, community fundraising, event management and pastoral care.
Stella came to South Yorkshire as a student and made it her home after graduation. Previous roles include Head of External Engagement with Sheffield Students’ Union. Here she enabled student-led community volunteering and charitable fundraising programmes which got national recognition.
Mark Storey MBA CMgr FCMI DL
Mark is Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield-based charity Sheffield Churches’ Council for Community Care (SCCCC). The charity aims to tackle loneliness and isolation amongst older people, as well as being an integral part of the hospital discharge process.
Prior to joining SCCCC in 2015, Mark worked in Local Authorities and third-sector organisations across Yorkshire and Lancashire, with many of his roles focused on tackling economic disadvantage. He has also undertaken voluntary work which spans 4 decades.
He’s currently involved in a range of community activities at local, regional and national levels including as a volunteer management consultant for the Cranfield Trust, Chair of Trustees for Wetherby in Support of the Elderly and as a Trustee for Bradford Youthbuild Trust.
Mark also serves on the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Yorkshire Group Committee and on the Council of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.
He has an MBA from the University of Cumbria, is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.
He’s lived in Doncaster for over 20 years – having been born and brought up in Lancashire – and is married to Lisa.
Outside of work and his voluntary commitments Mark likes to spend time with family and friends; go flying with his son Olly who holds a private pilot's licence; and walk his now aging Dalmatian.
Robert Dyson QPM DL
Robert was born in Sheffield and served for 36 years in South Yorkshire Police in a number of roles. He served at all ranks including six months as the temporary Chief Constable. He had national duty for the creating policies and procedures for policing sporting events in stadiums (other than football). He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished police service.
Since retiring from the Police service in October 2012 Robert has taken on a number of other roles. This includes being the chair of a registered charity, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Yorkshire. For 9 years (from to 2013 to December 2021) he acted as the independent chair of the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership. He's currently the Independent Chair of the Barnsley Safeguarding Adult Board.
Dame Julie Kenny DBE DL
A former litigation lawyer, Julie turned to manufacturing and founded Pyronix Limited which she sold in 2016. Julie continues her involvement in serving business and local communities and currently holds several trustee/patron positions for diverse charitable groups.
Julie is Chair and Non-Executive Director with Robson Handling Technology. She's also the chair of Maltby Learning Trust and Chairs the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust. This trust is committed to securing a sustainable future for Wentworth Woodhouse, the country house situated in Wentworth near Rotherham.
Julie’s CBE and Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University were conferred in recognition of her contribution to business in the region. She was the Vitalise Businesswoman of the Year in 2013, Private Businesswoman of the Year 2014 and has been given a Special Recognition Judges Award by Northern Power Women.
Julie was High Sheriff of South Yorkshire 2012/13.
Hilary Massarella MBE DL
Hilary is the Founder Trustee of South Yorkshire children’s charity SAFE@LAST. The Charity was founded in 2000 and has recently undergone a successful merger with Depaul UK. This has ensured the ongoing development of award winning work with Young Runaways in South Yorkshire.
Whilst continuing to help SAFE@LAST, Hilary has now increased her responsibilities within the family businesses Massarella Catering Group and Massarella & Co.
Hilary’s interests are with young people and especially those who are vulnerable. She supports initiatives that work towards a just and safe society in which every person can contribute fully.
Craig McKay DL
Craig is the Chief Executive Officer for EVENORT Ltd, an engineering business based in Sheffield and Birmingham.
He was Master Cutler 2015-2016.
He is a Trustee of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, Director of International Trade Forum, Director of The Manufacturing Forum and a Guardian of Sheffield Assay Office.
In his free time he enjoys fishing and mountain biking.
David Naisbitt DL
David was Headteacher of Oakwood High School, in Rotherham, for over a decade. He's now the CEO of Inspire Trust. This comprises of Oakwood High School, Sitwell Junior School and the largest post-16 college in the area, Thomas Rotherham College.
He started his career in London and later the North East of England before moving to South Yorkshire. Before a teaching career David had worked in finance and sales. He even worked as a football coach for Queens Park Rangers, in London.
As a DL for Rotherham, David is keen to promote the town within the county and beyond. He's passionate about improving education and employment ambitions for children and young people in Rotherham and across the county. He's been keen to support the Inspiring Youth Project.
Lady Neill DL
Anne Neill has been President of St Luke’s Hospice Sheffield since 2000. She served as a trustee of Cavendish Cancer Care from 1998 to 2009, when she became a Vice-President. She retires in 2019.
In 2018 she became a Vice-President of South Yorkshire Community Foundation.
Anne is a Trustee of four Neill family grant-making trusts, three of which benefit people in South Yorkshire. For over 30 years, she's also been a Trustee of The J W Chapman Earlsmere Trust for the relief of Doncaster residents facing hardship.
Anne’s late husband, Sir Hugh Neill, KCVO, CBE, TD, served as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire from 1985 to 1996.
Anne was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire in 1999.
Christopher John Rea CBE DL
Chris Rea is the managing director of AES Engineering Ltd. which holds several reliability based businesses, the largest of which is AESSEAL.
The business owns all or a majority of 40 international subsidiaries. In January 2020 Chris was awarded a CBE and he also received an Honorary Fellowship from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
AESSEAL plc was independently certified as carbon net zero for 2019.
Betterworld Solutions is Chris’ project to encourage the Board of Directors of companies worldwide to adopt a business friendly policy to prevent global warming.
The Earl of Scarbrough DL
Richard Scarbrough worked in estate management, engineering and film editing as Richard Lumley. He then succeeded his father (HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire until 2003) and became the thirteenth earl in 2004.
He lives at Sandbeck Park, near Maltby. He manages the family’s land and property interests in South Yorkshire, County Durham and Skegness.
He has a range of charitable interests across the county.
Janet Wheatley MBE DL
Janet Wheatley is a Lay Member for Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (RCCG). She's also a member of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Independent Ethics Panel. She's a director of Morthyng Ltd and Spectrum Futures. Both are local charities and social enterprises
She retired in 2019 as Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR). This is a post she had held for 16 years.
She's worked for the Department of Employment, an international hotel chain as well the NHS in a variety of senior management and consultant/ advisory roles. She's been involved with the voluntary and community sector for over 30 years as a chief executive/ volunteer and trustee for a wide range of different charities. She's sat on a number of strategic boards/advisory groups within Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Janet has been developing a nationally acclaimed and NHS award winning social prescribing service in Rotherham and has acted as an advisor to NHSE.
She's been part of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) sub group within the lieutenancy since 2017.
She was awarded an MBE for services to the community in 2017.
Lieutenant Colonel Mac McPherson MBE DL
Lieutenant Colonel Mac McPherson retired from the army after almost 45 years’ service in 2015. He served in several operational theatres and has been an Arctic and Mountain Warfare Instructor. He was the youngest Regimental Sergeant Major in the army and has served in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a Chief Instructor.
Since leaving the army he has been a director and trustee in a number of charitable organisations. These include large national organisations (The Forces Employment Charity and ASDIC, the Association of Veteran Drop-In Centres) and smaller regional charities with an emphasis on veterans groups and those in and around the criminal justice system. Lieutenant Colonel McPherson is the President of the South & East Yorkshire Region of the Royal British Legion.
He was awarded an MBE in 2009 birthday honours list and was the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire in 2022/23.
Living at home and supporting his family after many years of separation provides Mac with huge enjoyment. Mac was a keen but inelegant skier, is a disgraceful but honest golf novice and likes reading, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.
Anthony Pedder OBE DL
Tony Pedder spent the first 30 years of his career working throughout the UK and across the world in a wide range of executive roles in the steel industry.
During this period, he also spent some time in the voluntary role of Ambassador for British Business. He was appointed in 1997 by the Foreign Secretary, to use his business trips overseas to promote UK businesses as good partners and UK as a good location for investment.
Since 2003, he has worked as a non-executive director/chair with a number of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors, locally, nationally and internationally. This included 15 years with the NHS in South Yorkshire and 17 years on the Council of the University of Sheffield, the last 9 as pro-Chancellor and Chair.
He is currently Chair of South Yorkshire Charity Mentors, an organisation which provides free mentoring support to charities.
He was awarded the OBE in 2013 for services to business, health and the voluntary sector. He held the position of Master Cutler in the year to October 2014.
Waheed Akhtar DL
Waheed works for Rotherham Council in Neighbourhood Partnerships and Engagement.
He's also a broadcast journalist with BBC Radio Sheffield where he's worked for 25 years. He's most recently been a presenter of the Eastern Air programme on Sunday evenings. He's spent a similar amount of time in local government in Sheffield and Rotherham, undertaking a variety of roles. This includes covering education social work, training, economic development and regeneration, policy, research and commissioning.
Waheed has almost 30 years involvement in the voluntary and community sector. This includes youth work, community development and serving on the boards of different organisations in a voluntary capacity. He's chairperson of the South Yorkshire Muslim Community Forum.
He is currently secretary of the Madina Mosque, Sheffield. His role here has been to build the outward facing role of the mosque through partnership working and education programmes. It's seen over 12,000 visitors to the mosque from schools, colleges and youth groups.
Sughra Begum DL
Sughra has worked for 30 years in the educational sector. She's been helping people to improve their language, literacy and employment prospects. She's done this by arranging courses and training.
Her passion throughout her life has been to help the disadvantaged people in our communities. She helps those with disabilities or from a black and ethnic minority background.
In her many charitable roles she came across the need to work with local women who simply didn’t know how to access services. She set up English language classes in community and college venues so they could learn and speak for themselves and their families.
She's chair of the Tassibee organisation in Rotherham and is involved with awareness raising.
Sughra is a newly appointed director of curriculum at Sheffield College.
The Reverend Peter Bradley DL
The Reverend Peter Bradley was born and brought up in Northern Ireland.
He's served as a parish priest in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. He's also served as a Chaplain of Gonville and Caius College in the University of Cambridge.
Peter was also the Dean of the Church of England Cathedral in Sheffield 2003-2019.
His interests include contemporary art and he enjoys walking in the Peak District.
Wan Loi (Jerry) Cheung DL
Jerry is originally from Hong Kong and came to Sheffield in 1975 when he was 13 years old.
He worked for the British Steel Corporation as a Mechanical Engineer from 1982 to 1988. He then set up businesses in the restaurant, property and retail sectors.
Jerry is the managing director of New Era Development, which includes a China business incubator. It serves as a hub for promoting international trade.
He's an active and passionate member of the Sheffield Community. He served as the chairman of the Sheffield Chinese Chinese Community Centre for more than 10 years. He's currently the Junior Vice President of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Amy Cooper DL
Lead on Youth
Amy is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Onboard Skatepark Sheffield Ltd. It's a project that helps vulnerable young people aged 8 to 16 years.
She's an active volunteer and trustee of the Sheffield Street Games Partnership. Young people can attend and celebrate sport together.
Amy is also an ambassador for the Move More Project. This promotes sport to young people with mental health issues.
John Cowling DL
John is a chartered accountant. He retired as a partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2012. He's worked in London, New York and across the PwC offices in the north of England.
He's now the chair of Museums Sheffield. This is the charity in charge of running of Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery, Weston Park Museums and the Graves Gallery.
He's also the chair of Music in the Round, a national chamber music charity based in Sheffield. He's a trustee of Sheffield Theatres.
John is also a non-executive director at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail DL
(Imam) Sh. Mohammad Ismail is a prominent Imam and scholar. He's the Muslim chaplain in the multi-faith chaplaincy in The University of Sheffield and community advisor in safeguarding.
After studying theology, Arabic and Eastern languages, he joined Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) and then Sheffield University to study and conduct research in education.
He has worked as an independent education consultant and has served the community as a lead Imam, teacher, lecturer and community worker for more than 30 years. He helped in integration of different communities as a member of Sheffield Faith Leaders Group.
He has been actively involved in multi-faith work nationally and locally for more than 30 years works tirelessly to promote community cohesion.
Imam actively contributes to interfaith dialogue across Europe and in other countries. He's taking part in Muslim Jewish Council Vienna, Coalition of Faith Based Organisations and EULAMA Council of Europe.
Christopher Jewitt DL
Lead for Remembrance
Christopher joined Footprint Tools Limited, Sheffield in 1970 and was appointed Sales Director in 1975, Managing Director in 1987 and Chairman in 2009. Established in 1875, Footprint manufactures hand tools and has an enviable reputation worldwide for the high quality of its “Made in Sheffield” products.
He is a Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire and was Master Cutler for the year 1994/1995. He's the current chairman of the Cutlers’ Hall Preservation Trust. Christopher is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London and a former chairman and guardian of Sheffield Assay Office.
He's served on a number of boards and trusts . This includes the Councils of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, the University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire Community Foundation. He's also a former chairman of the British Hallmarking Council, the regulatory body for the UK’s hallmarking regime.
Christopher was Honorary Colonel of 38th Signal Regiment (Volunteers), a Territorial Army Unit headquartered in Sheffield, from 2002 to 2009. He's a member of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Yorkshire and the Humber.
Pamela Liversidge OBE DL
Pam is a chartered mechanical engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She has a broad experience in large companies in the manufacturing and engineering industries. She's also owned and managed small engineering businesses. This includes setting up her own company to make specialist metal powders.
She's served on the boards of a different companies including Chesterfield Royal Foundation Trust Hospital, the Rainbow Seed Fund and the Sheffield Assay Office. She's also a member of Chapter of Sheffield Cathedral.
She's a member of the Enterprise Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Pam is a former governor of Sheffield Hallam University, chairman of the governors of Sheffield High School and a former trustee of the City and Guilds of London Institute. She was a visiting professor to the department of engineering at the University of Sheffield.
She was the first woman president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. She was also the first woman to be elected as master of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. She has served as High Sheriff of South Yorkshire.
Dr Julie MacDonald DL
Julie is an archivist and has worked for a number of local companies and institutions, including from 1990-2003, the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.
She was the Mistress Cutler 2012-2013 and from 2016-2017, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire and is currently Vice Chair of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation.
She is also a Trustee of the Sheffield Town Trust and of Roundabout Ltd. and is a Patron of Sheffield Young Carers. She was previously a Trustee of The Children’s Hospital Charity.
Julie has been involved with Girlguiding since a child and served as Girlguiding Sheffield’s County Commissioner from 2009-2014. She is currently the Lead Volunteer for the Girlguiding National Archive Project.
Jane Marshall DL
Jane is a partner at BHP, the largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants in Yorkshire and heads up the firm’s specialist charity team. She has been actively engaged in advising charity clients for over 25 years, she also provides advisory services to a number of clients within the SME sector.
She is currently acting as a SORP engagement partner, providing a representative voice for small to medium sized charities on the future accounting standard for the charity sector.
A frequent speaker on charity accounting and tax issues Jane is also experienced in providing training to charity trustees. She has extensive knowledge and practical experience in providing audit, tax and business advisory services to a wide variety of charities across the sector.
She is a former trustee of South Yorkshire Community Foundation having served for 10 years.
Professor Jaydip Ray DL
Jaydip is the Clinical Director for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and Hearing Services and Consultant ENT Surgeon. He works with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and is also Professor of Otology Neurotology at the University of Sheffield. He's also a Professor of ENT at Sheffield Hallam University.
He's a council member at the Royal Society of Medicine and the deputy national lead for ENT for the National Institute for Health Research. He's also an academic advisor to the Specialist Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons and Joint Committee of Higher Surgical Training.
Jaydip is the Training Programme Director for Higher Surgical Training (ENT ) in Yorkshire and Humber and Vice President of British Otolaryngology and Allied Research Society. He has recently been elected fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. Previously he's served as Expert Member of South Yorkshire Research Ethics Committee.
Jonathan Seaton DL
Jonathan is the co-founder and CEO of Twinkl Educational Publishing. It's a global, market-leading digital publisher, specialising in educational material. It's used by schools, educators and parents across the world.
In 2020, Twinkl was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in Innovation. Jonathan also got an MBE for his services to technology and education during the COVID-19 pandemic the same year.
Jonathan is also a qualified lawyer and an enterprise ambassador for the Leeds University Business School.
He enjoys spending time with his young son and family. He's passionate about emerging technology that has the potential to transform people’s lives.
Desmond Smith DL
Des’s career has included positions in the public, business, non-statutory, voluntary sectors, criminal and civil proceedings.
He was Non-Executive Director and Associate Manager of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. As well as this he was Board of Director of South Yorkshire Probation Board, Board of Visitor of Ranby Prison, Secretary of Youth Association South Yorkshire, Board Member of Target Housing, Sheffield Employment Bond and independent Director of Sheffield Business-Link.
A former magistrate for 38.6 years, he was a member of the Lord Chancellors’ Advisory Committee. He was also former Chairman of the Sheffield Bench of Magistrates, and Champion for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities for South Yorkshire Magistrates. He's also served as a Trustee of Sheffield Sea Cadets, Chairman and President of SADACCA Ltd and founding member of the Sheffield African-Caribbean Sports and Social Club.
Des was specialist Presiding Member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal. He was also an associate member of the Medical Practitioners Tribunals. He is an accredited Dispute Resolution Mediator. He has mediated on cases referred to such bodies as Sport Resolutions (UK), British Boxing Board of Control, and the International Cricket Council. He has chaired disciplinary hearings of the FA Chairman’s Anti-discrimination Commission.
Currently he is a serving Lay-member of the Employment Appeal and Disability Qualified Member of the Social Security and Child Support Tribunals. He's Chairman of Sheffield and Hallamshire County Football Association Inclusion and Diversity Group and Chairman of Sheffield Caribbean Sports and Social Club.
Kimberley Jane Streets DL
Kim is Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield Museums. This is the independent charity that runs six of the city’s leading museums and heritage sites.
Kim leads the group in it's mission to build ambitious museums that represent, celebrate and inspire the people of Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
Kim is a Trustee of Art UK and a Trustee of the J G Graves Charitable Trust. She's an active member of various bodies including Sheffield Culture Consortium, Sheffield Culture Collective and the English Civic Museums Network.
Charles Turner DL
Charles is the Managing Director of Edward Turner and Son Ltd. They trade under the brand Durham-Duplex and specialises in the manufacture and sale of industrial blades and machine knives in UK, EU, ASEAN and USA.
From 1985 to 2003 he was an Officer in the British Army seeing active service in Bosnia, Kosovo and NI.
He's chairman of the Sheffield Assay Office. This is part of the British Hallmarking Council and, as the Sheffield Defence Advisor, he chairs the Made in Sheffield Mark Steering Committee. This is on behalf of the Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. He's currently the Junior Warden of the Cutlers Company.
He has an MBA from the University of Sheffield Management Business School.
Finally, outside of work, when not spending time with his family and friends he can be found trying to keep fit and enjoying music.
Professor Paul White OBE DL
Chair of Honours Committee
Paul was brought up in London and studied for bachelors and doctoral degrees at the University of Oxford. He arrived in Sheffield in 1974 as a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Sheffield. He's remained in South Yorkshire ever since.
He was promoted to professor of European urban geography. Then, in 2004 he was appointed to be Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching. In 2016 he retired from the University. Paul continues to act in a consultant capacity for a number of higher education bodies. This includes the University Grants Committee (Hong Kong), Advance HE (UK) and several universities.
He's a former governor of Longley Park Sixth Form College and is now the Chair of the Members at Brigantia Learning Trust. He's earlier served on the board of Sheffield Futures. Since 2018 he has been Vice-Chair of the Trustees of Sheffield University Students’ Union. His community interests focus on education, young people, and issues of diversity and inclusion.
Paul has also held visiting positions at a number of institutions in France, Italy and Spain. He's served on committees of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He's also chaired networks and groups of the Russell Group and the Higher Education Academy. Paul received the Edward Heath Award of the Royal Geographical Society in 2006, for geographical research on Europe. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was appointed OBE for services to Higher Education in the 2016 New Years Honours List.
Paul’s leisure interests lie in classical music (he plays the piano), gardening, the arts generally, and walking.
Colonel Nick Williams TD DL
Nick has been managing director of The Sheffield Metal Polishing Group of companies since October 1998.
He's currently national president of St John Ambulance and chairman of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) for the North West of England and the Isle of Man.
Nick is also a trustee of the Sheffield Industrial Museum Trust and sits as a Magistrate on the Sheffield Bench.
He completed 30 years' service with the Territorial Army, his final posting as Deputy Commander 42 Infantry Brigade.
Bookey Oshin DL
Bookey is a Chartered Management Accountant with wide-ranging experience of finance functions, business planning and strategic decision-making, spanning over thirty years.
Her career started after graduating in Accountancy, she worked in Audit and Investigation in Nigeria before emigrating to UK in 1987. She did a brief stint in manufacturing before joining Sheffield Development Corporation (SDC) as a financial analyst, working on the regeneration of the Lower Don Valley area. On closure of SDC, she moved on to strategic financial planning and managing public & private sector funds for Business Link Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
In 2008 she joined Sheffield Theatres at the end of the redevelopment of the Crucible Theatre. Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside London, it comprises of The Crucible, Lyceum and Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse Theatres. She has been responsible for developing best practice in the provision of all support services, including strategic planning, financial controls, business development, HR and facilities management.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and has an MBA from Sheffield Hallam University.
Bookey loves to travel and is passionate about using her skills in other industries and this is reflected in her trustee roles which includes; South Yorkshire Housing Association, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Utopia Theatre and is also a Guardian of the Sheffield Assay Office. She is married with two adult children, is a devoted Christian and the treasurer of St Cuthbert’s Church in Fir-Vale, Sheffield.