Meet our academics

Our programmes are based on the most up-to-date research and are taught by experienced practitioners and academics working at the cutting edge of their disciplines.


Lisa Anderson

Associate Head of School (Postgraduate Programmes)

‌Lisa works with the Directors of Study of the MSc programmes to ensure that we deliver an excellent student experience on our programmes.  This is aimed at the development of a range of up-to-date skills and knowledge and an orientation to critical thinking that our students will need as they move into the workplace.

Lisa has a PhD in Management Learning and has designed, developed and taught on a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level. She is involved in a number of research and consultancy activities that are linked to learning  and education in the workplace and in business schools.


John Zhang

Director of Studies, MSc Accounting and Finance

John is a senior lecturer and Director of Studies for the MSc Accounting and Finance. He completed his PhD from Australian National University. His areas of research are in financial accounting and auditing. He also conducts research on financial markets and banking. He has multiple publications in internationally leading accounting and finance journals including: Accounting Forum, Auditing Journal, Financial Markets Institutions and Instruments, European Accounting Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Economic Letters, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money. He has taught extensively professionally accredited accounting and finance courses at undergraduate and post graduate levels. He has also taught executive level courses. 


Zenon Michaelides

Director of Studies, MSc Business Analytics and Big Data & MSc Digital Business Enterprise Management

Zenon Michaelides is Lecturer and Director of Studies for the MSc Big Data Management and MSc Digital Business Enterprise Management. He completed his PhD from the Department of Engineering at Liverpool University. His areas of research are in operations and supply chain management, e-business enterprise systems, enterprise resources planning (ERP) and production planning & control (PPC), Smart Cities, IoT and big data management. His special area of interest is Air Transport Management and production systems.


‌Dale Heywood

Director of Studies, MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Dr Heywood’s interests lie in the field of entrepreneurship, higher education, small businesses and self-employment. She has been working with SMEs since entering higher education in 2004 after a career as a serial and portfolio entrepreneur.

Her PhD research explored entrepreneurship as an occupation, comparing and contrasting it with PhD studentship emphasizing their similarities, not differences. She is currently investigating the social identity of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities in Latin American countries in partnership with colleagues across University of Liverpool and beyond.


‌Yiquan Gu

Director of Studies, MSc Economics

Dr Yiquan Gu is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. He was educated at Tongji University as well as Universities of Freiburg and Dortmund. Yiquan's main field of research is Industrial Economics with a particular focus on market information. He currently researches on the role of information intermediaries, the consequences of market transparency, and strategic obfuscation of firms in both regular and financial markets. 


David Brookfield

Director of Studies, MSc Finance

David is a senior lecturer and researches and publishes in finance and broader areas of risk. His later work in finance has looked specifically at fund management in the UK and the IPO industry in China. He did his undergraduate work at Liverpool and postgraduate work at Oxford, both in economics. He is also a chartered accountant (ICAEW).


‌Jennifer Johnson

Director of Studies, MSc Human Resource Management

As Head of HRD in a multinational organisation, Jennifer created the strategy and operational delivery mechanisms alike. Furthermore, as a qualified business coach, she has worked closely with many Directors and business leaders to ensure that their people strategy is aligned with their business strategy. Jennifer is adept at building strong working relationships with key figures in the HR world and has worked closely with Professor Meredith Belbin, creator of Belbin Team Roles.

As Branch Chair of CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), I ensure that students regularly meet with HR professionals.The MSc HRM has a clear focus on employability and is CIPD accredited.


Ming Li (Lily)

Director of Studies, MSc International Business

Ming Li (Lily)

Ming Li (Lily) is a senior lecturer in International Human Resource Management. Her research is in the areas of cross-cultural management, international HRM, global leadership, Chinese management, and application of research methods. She is a co-editor of Advances in Global Leadership and serves on the editorial review board of Academy of Management Learning & Education and Journal of Management. She has taught undergraduate, master, MBA and executive education programs in countries such as the UK, Ireland, China, France, Singapore, Hongkong, Japan and Sri Lanka. When she was a senior consultant in China, she supported multinational companies to select and develop their international managers.


Patricia Murtagh

Director of Studies, Masters in Management

Patricia is a Lecturer in Management, with extensive experience in industry and 20 years of learning and teaching experience in the areas of strategy, research methodology and management.  She has a PhD in knowledge management in high technology industries grounded in the knowledge based view of the firm.  Patricia also has experience teaching Masters level students in Hong Kong, China and Eastern Europe.  Her focus is on providing participants with high level employability skills in analysis, problem solving and astute decision making; nurturing capabilities to cope with ambiguity and uncertainty in rapidly changing organizational environments through engagement with live case studies, problem based learning, action based learning and business simulations.


Treasa Kearney

Director of Studies, MSc Marketing

Treasa Kearney is a lecturer in marketing and her research interest lie in the area of services marketing, value co-creation and Higher Education. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and since 2006 she has taught across many marketing modules, ranging from Marketing Research to Contemporary Retail Environment.

She completed her PhD at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2013 which examined the influence of Servicescapes on customer and employee behaviours. She is a reviewer for several journals and conferences and has presented her research at prestigious international conferences, for example, Frontiers, SERVSIG and AMA. Treasa has published in the Journal of Services Marketing and The Irish Journal of Management.


Dongping Song

Director of Studies, MSc Operations & Supply Chain Management

2017Dongping Song is a Professor of Supply Chain Management. He joined the University of Liverpool in September 2013. Before that, he studied and worked at Nankai University, Zhejiang University, Newcastle University, Imperial College and Plymouth University. His research interests include Maritime transport and logistics; Container shipping; Port management; Supply chain management; Production planning and inventory control; Offshore wind logistics; Risk and disruption management. He has extensive experience in applying mathematical modelling techniques and simulation-based tools to solve manufacturing and transport logistics problems. His work has been published in many international journals including Transportation Research Part B/D/E, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and International Journal of Production Research.


Ron Dyer

Director of Studies, MSc Programme and Project Management

Ron possesses over 20 years of project management experience spanning the financial services, education, agriculture and energy sectors focused on strategic ICT (Information & Communication Technology) organizational transformation initiatives. He has held strategic ICT roles on Wall Street having worked for both Goldman Sachs, Citi-Bank on their fixed income & equities trading floors as well as a senior project manager at the Inter-American Development Bank on monitoring and evaluation of enterprise ICT project in education. 

Dr Dyer attended Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble-France an attained a Doctorate in Business Administration. He also possesses an MBA in Project Management from Henley Graduate School of Business, University of Reading, UK and an undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo-Canada in Business Administration


David Cockayne

Director of Studies, MSc Sports Business and Management

David is the Director of Studies for MSc Sports Business, and teaches sports marketing, sponsorship, and global sports business. David’s research investigates the nature of effect of sports markets, marketing practice, and consumption. David has lectured previously at the Universities of Huddersfield, Leicester, Shanghai (Science and Technology), and Tsinghua. David has also worked with a range of organizations including Tottenham Hotspur FC; Everton FC; Adidas China; Reebok; Huddersfield Town AFC; and the Rugby Football Union. David has spent much of his career abroad, working in China, the U.S, Spain, South Korea, and Thailand.