Senior officer profiles

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

The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

As well as reading our senior officer profiles below, you can find out more about the people who hold key roles in governing the University:

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor


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

She joined the Victoria University of Manchester in 1987, became Professor of Physiology in 1994 and held an MRC Research Chair from 1998 to 2010. Concurrent with her Faculty posts she has also held University roles as Vice-President for Research (2004–2007) and as Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2007–2010). 

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. In September 2016 she began a year-long term as President of the British Science Association.

Dame Nancy became President and Vice-Chancellor in July 2010, the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions. 

She was the founding President of the Society of Biology, and was a non-executive Director of AstraZeneca and a Royal Society Council Member. She is currently co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership Board.

Dame Nancy takes a strong and active interest in public communication of science.

Find out more about the President and Vice-Chancellor's role and remuneration.

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT
Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 6010

Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Luke Georghiou

Professor Luke Georghiou is the University’s Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, providing strategic leadership and operational management across the full-range of University functions.

From 2010 to 2017 Luke was responsible for the University’s research strategy and its implementation and doctoral training. In his new role he continues to be responsible for business engagement and commercialisation activities. He is active in research and policy advice to governments and business with current work on innovation management, public procurement and innovation and evaluation of the national demonstrator project for Internet of Things (CityVerve).

Luke has chaired and been a member of several high-level inquiries and advisory bodies, including being rapporteur of the influential Aho Group report to European leaders on 'Creating an Innovative Europe'. His publications include articles in journals such as Nature, Science, Harvard Business Review and Research Policy. He was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2011.

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 Vice-President for Research and Innovation, and before that he held the post of 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: +44 (0) 161 275 5933

Patrick Hackett, Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer


Patrick Hackett took up his role as Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer on 1 October 2018. Previously Patrick was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Liverpool, a position he took up in August 2013, having formerly been Chief Operating Officer since November 2008. Prior to that he held the position of Director of Facilities Management.  

An architect by profession, Patrick has a BArch from University College Dublin and has previously held senior leadership positions at The University of Reading and Royal Holloway, University of London.  He has also been a consultant, advising higher education institutions across the UK on facilities management organisation and development and the delivery of major capital projects. Patrick was a non-Executive Director of Aintree University Hospital NHS trust for six years until the end of March 2015. 

Patrick heads up the PS Leadership Team.

To get in touch with Patrick, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2066

Professor Colette Fagan, Vice-President for Research

Colette Fagan

Professor Colette Fagan, FAcSS, is The University of Manchester’s Vice-President for Research. She is responsible for leading and implementing the University’s research strategy and doctoral training. She is chair of the Russell Group's PVC-Research Group and serves on the editorial board for The Conversation, N8 Research Partnership Senior Executive Group and the UUK/JISC Content Negotiating Strategy Group. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Previously Colette was the Deputy Dean and Vice-Dean for Research for the Faculty of Humanities (2010–17) and a Senate-elected representative on the University’s Board of Governors (2009–18).  Her other board experience includes primary school governing body chair and parent governor (2008–11). She is the current Chair of the Higher Education Committee at Trafford College Group of Further Education Colleges. 

Colette’s research and policy impact focus is employment, working conditions and job quality; with particular interests in gender relations and inequalities and international comparative analysis. Her record of knowledge exchange and policy impact formed one of the University’s REF 2014 impact cases for sociology. She has held visiting academic social science appointments at the Wissenshaftzentrum (WZB) Berlin; RMIT Australia; the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; and the University of Sydney Business School.

Through her research she has been appointed to several high-level advisory bodies. She co-authored the British Academy’s 2016 report Crossing Paths: Interdisciplinary institutions, careers, education and applications. She is the UK national academic expert in the European Commission's Expert Network on Employment and Gender Equality (SAAGE) and one of the two academics appointed to Eurofound’s Advisory Board on Working Conditions and Sustainable Work (the European Commission’s tri-partite research and policy agency). Her previous advisory appointments to inform policy through research include the European Commission, the European Parliament, the United Nations’ International Labour Office and the OECD; plus reports for a range of government agencies, trade unions and employers’ associations in the EU, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

For further details of her research visit: Gender, Work and Care research group

Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 8860

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility

Professor Nalin Thakkar

Professor Nalin Thakkar is Vice-President for Social Responsibility, having been previously our Associate Vice-President for Risk, Compliance and Research Integrity.

Nalin is a clinical academic who has been associated with the University for more than 40 years. He undertook his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Manchester and after serving as a lecturer and senior lecturer, he was appointed to Chair of Molecular Pathology in 2003. He was then appointed as Associate Vice-President for Risk, Compliance and Research Integrity in 2010. He is also a Consultant Histopathologist at the Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and leads a specialist head and neck histopathology service.

Nalin has previously served as the National Advisor to the Health Research Authority and as a National Research Ethics Advisor to the National Research Ethics Service. In 2015, he was appointed to serve as a Non-Executive Director of the Health Research Authority by the Secretary of State for Health. Nalin has also previously served as an Interim Executive Board member of a primary school in Manchester and is currently on the Board of The Walton Centre NHS Trust on Merseyside.

He was listed in the top 50 most influential BAME public sector leaders in the UK in 2017 by Inclusive Boards.

The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9NT
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2227

Professor April McMahon, Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students

April McMahon

Professor April McMahon was born in Edinburgh and grew up in the Scottish Borders. She was first in her family to go to university and took her MA and PhD at Edinburgh – where she was very proud to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2014.

April was a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a Professor at Sheffield. From 2005 to 2011 she returned to Edinburgh where she was Head of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science; and Vice-Principal for Planning, Resources and Research Policy.

From 2011 to 2016 she was Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, where major priorities included improving the student experience and revaluing teaching, partly through ensuring appropriate recognition and reward for teaching excellence and innovation. Before joining Manchester, she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Professor of English Language and Linguistics in the School of European Culture and Languages at The University of Kent.

April’s academic field is linguistics. Her research interests include how and why languages change; the use of computational methods to group languages into families; the evolution of language in humans; and the history of varieties of English and Scots. She has published 11 books and a wide range of articles and book chapters, with recent projects focusing on textbooks and resources for teaching.

April is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Learned Society of Wales, and is currently a member of both the Audit Committee and the Research and Higher Education Policy Committee of the British Academy. She has a lively interest in training and development, especially relating to career development and leadership; she also chaired the Vitae Advisory Group for the Researcher Development Framework. With a strong commitment to enhancement of education and the student experience, she has been closely involved with the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, and was most recently Chair of the TEF Subject Pilot Humanities Panel and a member of the Subject Pilot Main Panel.

She is an Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and a member of the Board of Trustees of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 5571

Professor Graham Lord, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Professor Graham Lord

Graham Lord became Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health in February 2019.

He also holds the role of Executive Director of the Academic Health Science Centre as part of Health Innovation Manchester, and represents the University on the board of the Northern Health Science Alliance.

Professor Lord qualified in medicine from the University of Cambridge in 1991 and undertook a period of general clinical training as a junior doctor in Cambridge, Hammersmith, Oxford and at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

Following specialisation in nephrology, transplantation and general medicine at the Hammersmith Hospital, he undertook a period of research in molecular immunology at Imperial College London that led to a PhD in 2000, funded by an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship.

He was appointed as a Consultant in Nephrology and Transplantation at the Hammersmith in 2003. From 2003 to 2008, funded by an MRC Clinician Scientist award, he was a visiting scientist at Harvard University and then came back to the UK to become the Chair of Medicine at King’s College London.

He has built up a research group at King’s, investigating fundamental immune cell biology and the translation of this knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with organ transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases. As a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust he practices clinical nephrology with a particular interest in renal and pancreatic transplantation.

He led the successful application for the NIHR BRC at Guy's and St Thomas' and was appointed as Director of the Centre in 2012. In this role, he was responsible for the delivery of programmes of translational research and experimental medicine with a significant part of the Centre's portfolio focussed on regenerative and personalised medicine, advanced therapeutics and informatics.

He was elected as an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2013 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2016. He has sat on the NIHR Strategy Board and the National Clinical Research Network Co-ordinating Centre Board. He has also advised the UK Government as a member of the Expert Advisory Group of the Accelerated Access Review, representing the BRCs across the UK.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 0533

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


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

He was appointed Glenfiddich Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews in 1983 and went on to 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.

In 2010 he joined The University of Manchester as Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.  The Faculty of Humanities is the largest of the University’s four faculties with 17,000 students, around 2,000 academic and professional support staff and a diverse portfolio of disciplines organised around the Schools of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Environment, Education and Development, Law, and Social Sciences, as well as Alliance Manchester Business School.

Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His field of research is early modern Scottish and British History. He led the team that in 2007 launched the 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.

In recent years he has published a three-volume edited history of the Scottish Parliament and a monograph entitled Noble Power in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution (Edinburgh University Press; 2011). His current work is on Scottish migration to England from the 16th to the 18th century, for which he holds an Arts and Humanities Research Council Network Grant.

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT
Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 1111

Professor Martin Schröder, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Professor Martin Schröder

Professor Schröder was born near London to Estonian immigrant parents and was the first in the family to go to university. He gained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, and PhD from Imperial College, University of London under the supervision of Professor W.P. Griffith. After postdoctoral fellowships at the ETH, Zürich with Professor A. Eschenmoser, funded by a Royal Society Swiss National Foundation Fellowship, and at the University of Cambridge with Lord Lewis of Newnham, he was appointed as a Senior Demonstrator at the University of Edinburgh in 1982. He was subsequently promoted to Lecturer, Reader and Professor, and in 1995 was appointed to the University of Nottingham as Head and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He was Head of the School of Chemistry at Nottingham (1999-2005) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science (2011-2015). In 2015 he moved to his current position as Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at The University of Manchester.

He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada, the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. He has published 520 publications and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

His awards include the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Royal Society of Edinburgh Support Research Fellowship, Tilden Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Chemistry award for the Chemistry of Transition Metals, a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship, and the Royal Society of Chemistry award for Chemistry of the Noble Metals and their Compounds. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from Tallinn Technical University, Estonia, in 2005, and the Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, in 2017. He has held many research awards including two ERC Advanced, two Proof of Concept, and EPSRC Programme and Russian Mega grants. In 2016 he was elected as a member of the Academia Europaea.

His research interests lie in the area of materials chemistry, specifically the design, synthesis and study of porous metal organic framework materials for energy and environmental applications. His current focus lies in the separation and capture of fuel and toxic gases, hydrocarbons and metal values, and applications of porous materials in catalysis, clean-up and proton conductivity.

The University of Manchester, Sackville Street Building, Sackville Street, Manchester M13 9PL
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 9112