'Howard's impact on every aspect of this city's development has been profound, and his articulation of the role of cities in leading economic growth has influenced governments and policy-makers nationally and internationally. His legacy is all around us, in decades of successful regeneration projects and infrastructure investment.
But perhaps his greatest legacy is the deep and shared belief that we can do more in partnership than by working separately. He forged the Manchester family - a habit of making common cause which works across all parts of both the public and the private sector. That way of working is deep in the City's DNA, lies behind its greatest achievements, and will be the key to its continued success. For all of this, and more, we are very grateful and will do everything we can to ensure a smooth transition.'
Rowena Burns, CEO, MSP & Chris Oglesby, CEO, Bruntwood