Deloitte appoints Howard Bernstein as Strategic Advisor

16 May 2017 2 min. read
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The former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein, has been appointed by the multinational professional services firm Deloitte as a Strategy Advisor. In the role, he will support local and global organisations, in both the private and public sectors, consulting on key issues such as social care, government reform, devolution, and urban regeneration.

Bernstein, 64, was the man credited with the successful regeneration of Manchester, helping mastermind the city’s transition from a state of urban decline to a modern metropolis over the course of his 19 years at the top of Town Hall. Working his way up from humble beginnings as a Junior Clerk, Bernstein championed a number of successful projects including the Manchester Metrolink system, and the founding of the Manchester Airports Group – which is now the biggest in the UK.

During his subsequent tenure as Chief Executive, Bernstein oversaw Manchester host a successful Commonwealth Games, having missed out on two Olympic bids, and was knighted for his services to Manchester as part of the 2003 New Year’s Honours List.

In 2011, Sir Howard he also became the de facto head of the Greater Manchester combined authority. He used this latter role to set trends for the devolution of political power across England – a process culminating in the election of Andy Burnham, the first Mayor of Greater Manchester, earlier this month.

During his time in office, Bernstein was also awarded a number of honorary degrees, from UMIST in 2003, University of Manchester in 2004, and Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005.

Howard Bernstein with Deloitte managing partner Richard Bell

A New Chapter

In his new position with Deloitte, Sir Howard will act as Strategy Advisor at the firm, working on a local and global basis for private and public sectors. The role will focus on issues in the areas of health and social care, government reform, devolution, and regeneration – two aspects in particular that stand out in his CV. In addition, Bernstein will work with the firm’s staff through Deloitte’s internal learning and development programmes.

Commenting on the appointment, Richard Bell, a Regional Markets Managing Partner at the firm, said, “From the regeneration of the city centre, its hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and its central role in regional devolution, Sir Howard has been the driving force and vision behind Manchester’s impressive achievements in recent decades. Sir Howard has a stellar reputation in local government and has shown exceptional leadership that our whole firm and our clients will look forward to learning from.”

Bernstein expressed similar delight at his position with the accounting and consulting group, stating, “Deloitte provides counsel to its clients on sectors that I am deeply passionate about, such as healthcare, local and regional authority development and devolution, and cities economic and infrastructure regeneration.”