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Bernstein calls it a day at Manchester

Words: Huw Morris
Howard Bernstein

Manchester City Council’s chief executive, Sir Howard Bernstein, has announced that he will retire next spring.

A major local government figure in regeneration and infrastructure,  Bernstein helped establish the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in 2011, the trendsetter for similar deals across the country.

He played a significant role in the city’s renewal after the IRA bomb of 1996, and was heavily involved in the launch of the Metrolink tram network and the transformation of Manchester Airport into a public limited company.

Bernstein was also a driving force behind Manchester hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2002. He joined the authority as a junior clerk in 1971 and was knighted in 2003.