Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive, Manchester City Council
The most powerful man in the North West, according to Insider’s 2015 Power 100; he has the ear of Chancellor George Osborne and has been pivotal to the devolution agreement.
Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard, deputy vice-chancellor, MMU
He’s tuned right in to the university’s response to the Northern Powerhouse and how institutions right across the north should be working together.
George Haddo, director, Real Estate, LJ Group
The regional cities have been a major beneficiary of investment in the past 12 months and George is responsible for the UK property investment strategy at LJ Group.
David Hodgson, regional head of strategic development, Commercial Estates Group
CEG has a UK portfolio of nine million square feet with a capital value of £800m and is a major property investor in the north.