Sir BERNSTEIN Howard
Chief Executive of Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council (UK)
> joined Manchester City Council as Junior Clerk in 1971, became Chief Executive in 1998.
> Knighted for his services to Manchester in 2003.
> involved in the establishment of Manchester Airport as a plc in mid-1980’s and its continued expansion.
> Chief Executive of Manchester Millennium Limited, public/private sector Task Force overseeing redesign and rebuilding of the City Centre, following terrorist bombing 1996-99.
> instrumental in securing Manchester as Host City for the XVII Commonwealth Games in 2002.
> key regeneration and development projects include:
- Hulme, first UK City Challenge area;
- East Manchester, now the focus for unparalleled investment in sport, leisure and commercial facilities centred on the Etihad Campus;
- Bridgewater Hall;
- International Convention Centre;
- City Art Gallery.
> Chairman of Blackpool URC July 2008-March 2010.
> Clerk to GMPTA, now Transport for Greater Manchester, since mid-1980's; took a leading role in introducing Metrolink, first UK on-street public transport system, now significantly expanded.
> instrumental in establishing GM Combined Authority - new statutory body with powers to co-ordinate economic development, regeneration and transport and drive regional economic growth.
> Widely recognised for his business acumen, innovation and influence;
- Regularly features in top 100 NW financial figures
- FT European Personality of the Year 2004
- CBI (NW) Business Leader of the Year 2009
- Regeneration & Renewal Lifetime Achievement Award 2008
- Awarded Honorary Degrees by UMIST, UOM, MM
About Manchester City Council
Following strong growth over the past decade, Manchester today is one of the fastest growing city regions in Europe, and in economic terms is the leading regional city in the UK.
Home to 2.6 million people and more than 90,000 businesses, the city’s economy is valued at £48 billion – 40% of GVA for the entire north west of England and more than the neighbouring counties of Merseyside and West Yorkshire combined. It is therefore true to say that Manchester is the economic powerhouse of the north of England.
Manchester’s economic growth has been driven by the large-scale, rapid extension of the service sector, and 40% of the North West’s high-growth firms are located in the city.