Senior Management Team

  • Patrick Hackett, Deputy Vice-Chancellor


    Patrick Hackett - Deputy Pro-Vice ChancellorPatrick Hackett is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. Previously Chief Operating Officer, Patrick leads a Professional Services team of more than 1,500 staff and manages an annual revenue budget of over £80 million. He is responsible for a significant high-impact change management process in the wake of changes in the way higher education is funded in the UK.

    Patrick was involved in the establishment of the first Sino-British joint venture university - Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University - near Shanghai which has grown to 8500 students in 10 years and is leading a team that is exploring the University's opportunities for further investment and growth in international markets in Asia and Europe. In addition, he is responsible for the business relationship between the University and its US-based higher education partner, including the provision of online degree programmes: Liverpool now has the largest number of online students in Europe.

    An Architect by profession, Patrick was previously a director 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 the organisation, development and delivery of multi-million pound capital projects. Patrick is a non-executive director of an NHS Foundation Trust. 

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    Rebecca Reason
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  • Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement


    Professor Dinah Birch is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She chaired REF2014 Sub-panel 29 (English Literature and Language) and was Deputy Chair of Main Panel D (Arts and Humanities), and is Chair of Main Panel D in REF 2021.  External roles include chairing the Advisory Council for the University of London’s IES, chairing the Editorial Board of The Conversation (an international online journal for the dissemination of research:, 

    Dinah has published widely on Victorian fiction and poetry, and on the work of the critic John Ruskin.  Her books include Our Victorian Education (2007), and she is the general editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature (7th ed., 2009).  She has recently published new editions of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford (2011) and Anthony Trollope’s Can You Forgive Her? (2012) and The Small House at Allington (2014) with Oxford University Press, and served as a member of the Man Booker prize panel in 2012. She is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books.

    She is President Elect of the British Association for Victorian Studies.

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    Lindsey Sergeant
    PA PVC Cultural Engagement
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  • Professor Gavin Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education


    Gavin Brown - Pro-Vice-Chancellor for EducationGavin joined the University of Liverpool in June 2015 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education. In this role he supports the Vice-Chancellor in setting the academic direction of the University, provides strategic leadership and champions the enhancement of learning and teaching throughout the academic and student community.

    Gavin has a first degree in chemistry and a PhD in connective tissue biochemistry. His research interests focus on the role of matrix molecules in a variety of disease processes including the development of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, corneal eye disease and the metastatic spread of cancer.

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  • Professor Kenneth J. Badcock, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Science & Engineering


    Ken Badcock - Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Faculty of Science and EngineeringKen Badcock is Professor of Computational Aerodynamics and, since 2013, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science and Engineering at the University of Liverpool.  He was previously Head of the School of Engineering at Liverpool, and held academic positions at Glasgow University.  He holds a Mathematics degree from the University of Strathclyde, and a doctorate from Oxford University.

    His research interests are in the development of numerical methods for the analysis of aircraft aeroelasticity and flight dynamics, based on large dimension models derived from Computational Fluid Dynamics.

    He has been a member of NATO scientific working groups since the late 1990s, was PI for the UK Applied Aerodynamics Consortium, and was on the management board for the UK's national academic supercomputer. He has had long running collaborations with Airbus and BAE SYSTEMS

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    Carla McGivern
    Faculty of Science and Engineering
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  • Professor Fiona Beveridge, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Humanities & Social Sciences


    Professor Fiona Beveridge, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Humanities & Social SciencesProfessor Fiona Beveridge is Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to assuming this role, Fiona was Head of the School of Law and Social Justice and Research Lead for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Fiona is a Professor of Law, specialising in international and EU law, in particular foreign investment law and gender equality law and policy. She has a particular expertise in gender mainstreaming and how this is implemented in international institutions, the EU, and in individual states. She has recently completed two studies for the European Parliament FEMM Committee, ‘A New Strategy for Gender Equality Post 2015’ and ‘The EU Budget for Gender Equality’.

    Fiona is a non-Executive Director of the University of Liverpool Press, a Director of the University of Liverpool in Singapore and a Trustee of the Liverpool Football Club Foundation. She is a member of the University Council.

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    Lesley Smith
    Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
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  • Professor Louise Kenny MBChB Hons, PhD MRCOG, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Health & Life Sciences


    Louise Kenny- Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Faculty of Health and Life SciencesExecutive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool from 1 January 2018. Prior to joining the University Louise was Professor of Obstetrics and Consultant Obstetrician at Cork University Maternity Hospital.

    Louise was the founding Director of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT Louise has a longstanding clinical and research interest in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Her research group is supported by more than €30 million of peer-reviewed funding and her work has resulted in >200 peers reviewed original papers, reviews and book chapters. Louise has received numerous awards for her work, most recently the prestigious title of Researcher of the Year by SFI (2015) and 2015 Irish Tatler magazine Woman of the Year Award for STEM.

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    Debra Nicholls
    Faculty Management Office, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
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  • Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact


    Anthony Hollander

    Anthony Hollander is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact and Professor of Stem Cell Biology.  He provides strategic leadership for the development of research policy and for ensuring the impact of the University’s research programmes in Liverpool and around the world.  He is also responsible for commercialisation of research, for developing partnerships with companies and other external stakeholders and for the training of postgraduate research students.

    Anthony’s research career has focussed on the development of stem cell therapies for treating diseases of cartilage.  His spin-out company, Azellon Ltd, is developing a stem cell treatment for torn knee cartilage and he was previously part of a team that created the world’s first tissue-engineered airway.  He is former President of the International Cartilage Repair Society and is Chair of Utrecht University’s International Scientific and Societal Advisory Board for Life Sciences.

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