Sir Howard was Chief Executive of Manchester City Council at Manchester Town Hall for 19 years before stepping down in March 2017. In 2003 he was knighted for his services to Manchester, and was recently made Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester.

Sir Howard has always given Tutor Trust his support and, speaking at our Summer Reception last year, said: “The Tutor Trust I think is one vehicle that can help reconnect people into the education system. The level of progress the charity has made since its initial idea has been remarkable, and I’m delighted. I’ve always been committed to supporting the initiative, and I will always wish them every success in the future."