About the fund

The Sir Howard Bernstein Endowment Fund has been established for the benefit of young Mancunians, following a successful fundraising event to celebrate Sir Howard’s retirement from Manchester City Council. Through the fund we aim to support the city’s young people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to succeed in education, employment and enterprise.

Sir Howard was Chief Executive of Manchester City Council for 20 years and retired in March 2017. Throughout his career, he led a range of regeneration based activities – including the reconstruction of the City Centre following the bomb in 1996, the developments associated with the hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games including what is now the Etihad Campus, a range of major commercial, transport and cultural developments including Spinningfields, the advent and then the expansion of Metrolink, the Bridgewater Hall, Home, the Manchester Conference Centre, the City Art Gallery and now the Factory which is part of the St John’s development. He also led negotiations for the historic Devolution deal between Greater Manchester and the Government which included health and social care. He is now a strategic advisor to Deloitte, the City Football Group and is an Honorary Professor of Politics at Manchester University.

Sir Howard remains a passionate advocate of Manchester and the delivery of the Northern Powerhouse strategy. On his retirement from Manchester City Council, Sir Howard dedicated his endowment fund to the young people of the city of Manchester, the future leaders and rising of stars of Manchester.

This fund has been set to work in a variety of projects. We do this through private family short breaks, and our flagship Ghyll Head Family Support Programme by Windermere. At Ghyll Head, we’ve been delighted to give hundreds of Manchester families referred to us by professionals the opportunity to discover new activities and ways of parenting, and to build their resilience and confidence to succeed.