Dinner

Thursday 19 March 2015

Jim O'Neill, Sir Howard Bernstein and Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

Jim O’Neill

In October 2014, Jim commenced Chairing a Review on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) commissioned by the Prime MinisterJim was previously Chairman of the Cities Growth Commission in the UK, launched in October 2013. He also chairs the economic advisory board to the Greater Manchester Local Authority and is the Honorary Chair of Economics at Manchester University.

Jim worked for Goldman Sachs from 1995 until April 2013, spending most of his time there as Chief Economist.  Before 1995, Jim had worked for Swiss Bank Corporation, Marine Midland Bank and Bank of America, starting in the City in 1982. 

He is one of the founding trustees of the UK educational charity, SHINE. Jim also serves on the Advisory Board of the Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF), and is on the boards of the Sutton Trust, Teach for All and a number of other charities specialising in education. In September 2013, Jim became a Non-Executive Director of the UK Government’s Department for Education. Jim served as a non-executive director of Manchester United before it returned to private ownership in 2005.

Sir Howard Bernstein

Sir Howard Bernstein joined Manchester City Council as a Junior Clerk and became its Chief Executive in 1998.  Following the terrorist bombing of the city centre in 1996 he was appointed Chief Executive of Manchester Millennium Ltd, overseeing the rebuilding of the City.  He is known for his business acumen; for forging partnerships with the City’s key players; and for successfully attracting millions of pounds into the City.  He played a key role in the regeneration of Hulme and continues to play a key role in area regeneration initiatives, most recently in East Manchester. Other key major projects include the Bridgewater Hall, the Velodrome, the Arena, Manchester Central/the International Convention Centre, City of Manchester Stadium and Sportcity Complex, the City Art Gallery.

Sir Howard was knighted for his services to Manchester in 2003.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, is President and Vice-Chancellor  of The University of Manchester.  She joined the Victoria University of Manchester in 1987, became Professor of Physiology in 1994 and held an MRC Research Chair from 1998 to 2010. Concurrent with her Faculty posts she has also held University roles as Vice-President for Research (2004-2007) and as Deputy President & Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2007-2010).  Her own research in the field of neuroscience, which is ongoing, has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2004 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2005, in recognition of her services to science.

Professor Rothwell became President and Vice-Chancellor in July 2010, the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions.  She was the founding President of the Society of Biology, and is currently a non-executive Director of AstraZeneca, co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, a Royal Society Council Member, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board.

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"From splitting the atom to the early development of computers and the demonstration of graphene, Manchester is alive with science which is transforming the world around us"

Nancy Rothwell