Sir Howard Bernstein who has been Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since 1998 has announced he will step down from his role in Spring 2017. He joined the local authority as a junior clerk in 1971 and is credited with leading some of Manchester’s biggest regeneration projects including developments after the 1996 IRA bomb and in the lead-up to the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
During Sir Howard’s tenure the city has experienced phenomenal growth and investment including flagship developments such as Spinningfields, NOMA, First Street, Corridor Manchester and forthcoming investments in St John’s, Airport City, the Northern Gateway and HS2. He also oversaw the development of the Northern Powerhouse initiative and a series of historic devolution agreements – transferring significant powers and resources from central government to the city region. He received his knighthood for his services to the city in 2003.
Sir Howard commented: “It has been a privilege to serve the city during such a pivotal period, working with many excellent people both within the council and in public and private partner organisations. I’m incredibly proud of what the city has been able to achieve in this time and to have played a part in it.
“Manchester is firmly established as a confident and dynamic place, recognised as a premier league world city although of course there are still significant challenges to address to ensure everyone who live here has the opportunity to share in, and contribute to, its growing success.
“We have a clear, shared vision for the future direction of the city – set out in the Our Manchester Strategy which takes the city up to 2025– and a strong platform from which to move forwards. But by definition this is a long-term strategy.
“I will have been at the council 46 years next year and this feels like the right time to plan for my succession. There is still considerable work to do in the months ahead and my focus on it will not be diminished.”
Extract from North West Insider.
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