Former Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein will take over from Lord Heseltine as the new patron of the Institute of Economic Development.
Commenting on his new role, which is unpaid, Sir Howard said the IED provides “exceptional support” to its membership of economic development and regeneration practitioners.
He added: “It provides counsel to its members on issues that I am deeply passionate about, such as local and regional authority development, economic and infrastructure regeneration and place management.
“I hope to support the IED’s organisational development to benefit its members, which in turn has an impact on those working on the ground in local government.”
Sir Howard stepped down as Manchester chief executive in March after almost 20 years in the role.
He played a central role in Manchester’s regeneration and economic growth, including serving from 1996-99 as the chief executive of Manchester Millennium, which oversaw the transformation of the city centre in the aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb.
Sir Howard was also instrumental in securing Manchester’s hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, played a leading role in the introduction and expansion of the Metrolink tram network and helped to create the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in 2011.
IED chair Bev Hurley said Sir Howard’s “strategic input” will be “invaluable” to the organisation.
After thanking Lord Heseltine for his contribution over the last four years, she added: “We are extremely fortunate to have such a prestigious and knowledgeable successor to help us thrive in the years to come.”