Author: Greater Manchester Chamber
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber
We were very sad to announce in October that our friend and former Vice-President, Steve Burne, had passed away, following a brave and inspirational battle against cancer. Our thoughts are very much with Steve’s family, especially his sons, Daniel, Adam and Seb.
A high-profile member of the Chamber for many years, Steve joined the Chamber’s Board in October 2007, and was a respected and well-loved colleague and friend. Steve chaired the Chamber’s Property & Construction Group, hosting the Property & Construction Annual Dinner and Awards, where the Apprentice of the Year and Building of the Year are celebrated. We let Steve and his family know in September that the Apprentice of the Year Award will be renamed the Steve Burne Award, in recognition of his contribution and passion in supporting young people.
Despite his diagnosis, Steve made it his mission to fund the creation of more long stay rooms at Ronald Macdonald House, to house families of very sick children in Manchester Children’s hospital close to their loved ones. Over his time working with RMH, most recently as Chair of their Charity Board, Steve raised millions. His latest efforts raised an incredible £400,000+ and the Steve Burne Rooms were opened this summer.
Stella Bowdell, Membership Director at GM Chamber, said: ‘Steve was such a well-loved character and always supportive of the team here. His love of his industry and of Manchester was infectious, and his love of partying meant that sore heads after an event with him were inevitable. We will all miss Steve, but he leaves a legacy that taught us all to work hard, fight for what matters to us, look after our loved ones, and seize the day.’