Social Programme

The 112th Annual Meeting of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland

Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 April 2018

The University of Manchester


Dress Code: Business Suit / Cocktail Dress


Reception and Annual Dinner

On Thursday, 12 April, we invite all delegates to attend The Drinks Reception and Annual Dinner which is included as part of the delegate registration fee.

The Drinks Reception is taking place at The Manchester Museum situated within a 10-15 minute walk of the Renold Building.


18:30 - 19:45

The Francis Crick Institute

Manchester Museum

Please click here for directions to The Museum


The Annual Dinner

20:00 - 23:00

Whitworth Hall


Whitowrth Hall was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, one of Britain's best-known architects, who also designed Manchester Town Hall and the Natural History Museum in London

Whitworth Hall is connected to Manchester Museum and only a 10-15minute walk from the Renold Building. Please click here for directions to Whitworth Hall

We are delighted that Sir Howard Bernstein, Former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council (1998-2017) and former Head of the Paid Service for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (2011-2017) will give the pre-dinner speech on what Manchester has achieved, especially relating to the Health and Life Sciences Economy.


Sir Howard Bernstein,

Sir Howard Bernstein is the former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council (1998-2017) and former Head of the Paid Service for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (2011-2017).    He has driven Manchester’s regeneration, through strong public/private sector partnerships.  Key achievements include a leading role in: renewal of the centre following the 1996 terrorist bombing; securing Manchester as Host City for the highly successful 2002 Commonwealth Games; introduction of Metrolink and its on-going expansion across the connurbation; establishment of Manchester Airport plc in the mid-1980’s and its recent expansion; public sector reform, including the establishment of GM Combined Authority. In 2014 he led negotiations with Government to secure a historic and groundbreaking Devolution Agreement for Greater Manchester, which enables the devolution of powers in relation to transport, housing, planning, business support, work and skills and early years services.  He also led the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between GM local authorities, NHS England and the GM CCGs to secure the devolution of health and social care funding in Greater Manchester. Sir Howard has been involved in several external appointments and is currently Non-Executive Chair of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and Deputy Chair of the HS2 Growth Task Force. Since retirement from Manchester City Council Sir Howard has taken up several strategic consultancy roles, including one with the University of Manchester and another with Deloitte LLP. Sir Howard was knighted for his services in 2003


The Annual Dinner is always a very enjoyable event, we hope you can join us.

One ticket per person is included in the cost of the Delegate Fee. Additonal Tickets for The Annual Dinner are available to purchase at £85 each via our Website (Coming Soon).