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New Chair of MAHSC Announced

Manchester City Council's Chief Executive Sir Howard Bernstein will be the next Chair of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

MAHSC - a partnership between The University of Manchester and six NHS organisations (including ours) - conducts leading-edge research for patient benefit; the partnership includes some of the most highly rated NHS Trusts in the country.

"MAHSC's partners have already made Manchester a beacon for health science across England and have the ambition and the potential to become leaders in the field internationally," said Sir Howard. "For Manchester's residents that means faster access to new treatments and world-leading healthcare discoveries.

"I'm attracted by the fact that MAHSC has a firm community base and mission within the North West of England, and at the same time has the drive and energy to help Manchester compete globally for investment and jobs. Manchester is already one of the most attractive locations in Europe for companies to develop new health products and services, and is on its way to becoming one of the best in the world."

MAHSC is one of just five Academic Health Science Centres in the country, and the only one in the North of England. The scale of Manchester's health science sector is of national economic significance:

  • Manchester's biomedical sector contributes £1.61bn to the economy
  • The number of people employed in Manchester's medical technology and healthcare sector has grown by 17% in the last two years.

MAHSC's Director, Professor Ian Jacobs, who is also the Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at The University of Manchester, said: "The appointment of Sir Howard as Chair is an important and exciting step for MAHSC. It reflects the commitment of MAHSC to link excellence in research, education and clinical care to improve the health of our population in Manchester, as well as our ambition to make a global impact through discovery and innovation.

"The development of MAHSC as an effective partnership during the last four years owes a lot to the guidance of Sir David Henshaw as Chair - as a result, MAHSC is well placed to make a regional, national and international impact with Sir Howard as our new Chair."

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "The biomedical sector is incredibly important to Manchester's economy and our standing in both the UK and the world. In the coming years we hope the sector will grow even more, which makes a partnership like MAHSC vital to give Manchester the competitive edge.

"Howard's strong and dynamic leadership, combined with his vision, drive and proven track record of delivery will help ensure MAHSC realises its ambitions, which everyone in the city shares."

Sir Howard will succeed Sir David Henshaw. Sir David has chaired MAHSC since its inception in 2008, and completes his term as chair in January.  



MAHSC partners provide health care to a population of 3m people living in Greater Manchester, with a further 11m people living within a 50mile radius.  Designation as an AHSC is given to partnerships between Universities and teaching hospitals which can demonstrate excellence across research, innovation, education and patient service, and in particular the potential to excel in translational medicine.


The MAHSC partners are:

The University of Manchester

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust

NHS Salford

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust



For further information contact:

Aeron Haworth
Media Relations
The University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 8383   E-mail: aeron.haworth@manchester.ac.uk