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Senior officers

Unless otherwise stated, the contact address for senior officers is:

The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

Nancy Rothwell

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell FRS, President and Vice-Chancellor, leads by example. Her own research in the field of neuroscience has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury.

She became MRC Professor of Physiology at the Victoria University of Manchester in 1994 and was Chairman of the Division of Neuroscience from 1998 to 2000.

She was elected Fellow of The Royal Society in June 2004 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2005, in recognition of her services to science.

Dame Nancy took up the post of President and Vice-Chancellor of the University in July 2010. She is the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions.

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT
Tel: 0161 306 6010

Professor Rod Coombs, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Rod Coombs

Professor Rod Coombs became Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester on 1 August 2010. In this role Professor Coombs supports the President and Vice-Chancellor across the full-range of functions and responsibilities involved in the management and direction of the University.

He was previously Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development, and has international experience of innovation, technological change and commercial development.

Professor Coombs was a member of the working group that recommended the merger of the two institutions, and has a long association with both. He holds a PhD and MSc from the Victoria University of Manchester, and after two years as a research associate, began his academic career in 1979 as Lecturer in Innovation in the Management School at UMIST.

He became Professor of Technology Management at UMIST in 1993.

Telephone: 0161 275 8860

Chancellor, Tom Bloxham

Tom Bloxham

Tom Bloxham is chairman and co-founder of Urban Splash, the innovative property developer that has received 237 awards to date for architecture, design and business success. The company is responsible for regeneration projects in Manchester and Liverpool, and is expanding across the country with offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Bradford.

The University has played an important role in Tom's life: it was the reason he came to Manchester and why he stayed. Tom graduated in 1986 in Politics and Modern History, and in 2007 received an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Manchester. He is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University (2001) and the University of Central Lancashire (2003). Tom has also received Honorary Doctorates of Design from Oxford Brookes University (2004) and Bristol University (2007).

Tom chairs Arts Council England (North West) and sits on the Arts Council England. He's a Director of Liverpool's Capital of Culture team; an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; chair of Manchester's International Arts Festival and chair of the IPPR Centre for Cities Think Tank.

Tom was appointed MBE in 1998 for his services to architecture and urban regeneration. He has also been a trustee of the Big Issue charity, the Big Step. Tom believes there is a promising future for the University as it continues to develop into one of the world's great universities and plays an even more central role in the continuing regeneration of Manchester.

Tel: 0161 306 6010

Chair of the Governing Body and Pro-Chancellor, Anil Ruia

Anil Ruia

Anil was born in Mumbai and is a director at Botraco Limited, which is involved in various trading activities. In addition, Anil is the Chairman of Warren Tea Limited India, which is engaged in the business of growing, manufacturing and selling black tea. He has a law degree from King’s College London and is a chartered accountant.

Anil has many external interests involving organisations in community, business, educational and charitable affairs. He is a board member of Arts Council England and a member of the HEFCE Board. In the past, Anil has been a board member of the North West Development Agency, the North West Cultural Consortium, the Manchester Asian Business Forum, M2002 Limited and the Commonwealth Film Festival. He has also been a trustee of National Museums Liverpool and a governor of the Manchester Grammar School, as well as a non-executive director at Granada Television Limited.

In October 2002 he was elected President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and was awarded an OBE in January 2001 for services to business.

Tel: 0161 306 3251

Pro-Chancellor, Gillian Easson

Gillian Easson

Gillian Easson started her career as a solicitor in Stockport 30 years ago and went on to become one of the first female prosecuting solicitors in the North West.

Gillian is Chairman of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which provides hospital services for children and adults across Stockport and the High Peak, as well as community health services for Stockport, Tameside and Glossop.

She was previously a non-executive director of the Christie Cancer Centre and is currently the first female pro-chancellor of The University of Manchester, a member of The University of Manchester’s Global Leadership Board and Chairman of the Management Board of Manchester University Press. She regularly lectures, contributes to publications and has undertaken reviews on behalf of Monitor, the NHS foundation trust regulator.

Tel: 0161 306 6010

Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Will Spinks

Will Spinks

Will Spinks took up his role as Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer on 1 August 2011. Most recently Will was Chief Operating Officer at Loughborough University and prior to that held a number or senior appointments at ICI, Zeneca and AstraZeneca. These included Site General Manager for AstraZeneca at Alderley Park in Cheshire between 2001 and 2007, during which time he was also appointed as Vice-President and Head of UK Business Services for AstraZeneca.

Tel: 0161 275 2066

Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation

Luke Georghiou

As Vice-President for Research and Innovation, Professor Luke Georghiou is responsible for developing and implementing the University’s research strategy, and for knowledge transfer activities and engagement with business. In this role he is seeking to raise the quality and ambition of the University’s research from its already high levels and to ensure that it makes an important contribution to the economy and society.

His own research on science and innovation policy, public procurement and foresight has been highly influential, particularly in the European arena. He has chaired and been a member of several high-level inquiries, including being rapporteur of the influential Aho Group report to European leaders, 'Creating an Innovative Europe'. His publications include articles in journals such as NatureScience, Harvard Business Review and Research Policy.

He holds a PhD (1982) and BSc from The Victoria University of Manchester and has been the Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. Most recently he was Deputy Dean and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities. He also served two terms as a Senate representative on the University’s Board of Governors.

Tel: 0161 275 5933

Professor Clive Agnew, Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students

Clive Agnew

As Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students, Professor Clive Agnew is responsible for strategy and policy development in this area. He aims to ensure that the University excels in all aspects of its educational mission.

Tel: 0161 275 3654

Professor Colin Bailey, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Colin Bailey

Colin Bailey joined The University of Manchester in 2002, as Professor of Structural Engineering. He previously worked for the design consultants Lovell Construction, Cameron Taylor Bedford, and Clarke Nicholls Marcel, where he designed and supervised the construction of a number of concrete, steel and masonry structures. He has also worked for the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE), where his practical and research experience resulted in significant developments in structural engineering design.

Colin's main specialties are fire safety engineering of structures, membrane action, wind loading, and steel-concrete composite systems. He is author of over 100 research papers and practical design guides. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers (FIStructE), and a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE).

Colin has established a pre-eminent global position in the field of structural fire engineering and has been the lead expert in reviewing the structural fire design on a number of iconic buildings in London, including the Shard, the Pinnacle, Heron Tower and Leadenall. He has also been an expert involved in explaining the collapse of the World Trade Centre 7 Building in 2001 following the terrorist attack. 

Colin became Head of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering in September 2007, and in May 2009 he took up the position of Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

As Dean, Colin is responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the Faculty, which has an income of over £207 million, over 10,000 students and over 1,900 academic and support staff. This involves developing strategic leadership in research, higher learning and social responsibility, whilst ensuring that operational processes are efficient and effective. He has been responsible for turning an operating deficit of £14.6 million into a £6.9 million surplus within his first two years, which has risen to a steady state operating surplus of over £10 million, whilst providing leadership to increase the quality of engineering and science across the board.

In his role as Vice-President, Colin contributes to the strategic direction and operation of the University as a whole to ensure that the University reaches its mission of becoming one of the leading universities in the world whilst maintaining its distinctiveness.

Colin graduated from the University of Sheffield with a First Class degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. He was also awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering from the University of Sheffield following his studies into the behaviour of buildings subjected to fire conditions. He has been awarded eight prizes for his research work.

The University of Manchester, B1, Sackville Street Building, Sackville Street, Manchester
M60 1QD
Tel: 0161 306 9111
Fax: 0161 306 9109

Professor Keith Brown, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities

Keith Brown

Professor Brown graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1979 with an MA in Modern and Scottish history, and was awarded a PhD also from Glasgow in 1983.

He was appointed Glenfiddich Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews in 1983 and went on hold a number of fellowships there until becoming a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Stirling in 1991.

In 1995 he returned to the University of St Andrews as Professor of Scottish History and was appointed Head of the School of History in 1997.  He became Vice-Principal (Teaching) for the University in 2001 and in 2003 was appointed Master of the United College, managing the overall academic operation of the University. His remit was extended to include the role of Deputy Principal in 2006.

Professor Brown is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Brown's field of research is early modern Scottish and British history.   Most recently, he has been engaged in editing a three volume history of the Scottish Parliament and he led a team which in 2007 launched an acclaimed online archive of the proceedings of the original Scottish Parliament from its first surviving act of 1235 to its union with the English parliament in 1707.  A book entitled Noble Power in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2011.

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT
Tel: 0161 306 1111

Professor Martin Humphries, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences

Martin Humphries

Martin Humphries became Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences in September 2008, and is a Professor of Biochemistry. Martin received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester in 1983. From 1983-1988, he carried out postdoctoral research at the Howard University Cancer Center, Washington, DC, and at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. In 1988, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship to return to Manchester. In 1995, he progressed to a Principal Research Fellowship and was a co-founder of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, which he now directs.

Martin's research aims to elucidate the mechanisms of cell adhesion. The interactions between adhesion receptors and their extracellular matrix ligands control the behaviour of cells and determine tissue architecture by regulating movement, orientation, growth and death. Adhesion also contributes to common human diseases, including inflammation, thrombosis and tumour spread. Martin's discoveries include pinpointing sites within extracellular matrix molecules that determine adhesion, developing these agents as anti-inflammatory therapeutics, determining the mechanisms of adhesion receptor function, and elucidating how adhesion receptors act as sensors of the cell microenvironment.

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT
Tel: 0161 275 5071

Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences

The University of Manchester appointed Professor Ian Jacobs as Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences in March 2011. He is also Head of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

Professor Jacobs joined the University from University College London (UCL) where he was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Biomedicine and Research Director of the UCL Partners Academic Health Science Centre.

Before becoming Dean at UCL in 2009, Professor Jacobs established and directed the UCL Institute for Women’s Health, was Director of the University College London Hospitals (UCLH)/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre, and Director of Research and Development at UCLH/UCL.

He specialised clinically as a surgical gynaecological oncologist and now focuses his clinical role on cancer screening and risk prediction. He directs a laboratory and clinical research team with grant awards worth more than £25 million from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Department of Health (DH). This work is focused on genetics, epidemiology, proteomics and biomarkers in risk assessment, detection and screening for gynaecological cancer and has recently been awarded a new five-year CRUK programme.

He is principal investigator on several large multicentre clinical trials, including the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS), a randomised trial of ovarian cancer screening involving 202,000 women in the UK, and the UK Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening Study.

Professor Jacobs founded the Gynaecological Cancer Research Fund in 1985, which has developed into the Eve Appeal and has generated millions of pounds of charitable research funding. He is currently Medical Advisor to the Eve Appeal, a consultant to Becton Dickinson, a non-executive director of Abcodia Ltd and Chair of the Uganda Women's Health Initiative, which has led a series of projects in neonates, obstetrics and cancer in Uganda.

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT
Tel: 0161 306 0112