Brought up in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, Beverley studied for a BSc in Liberal Studies in Science at the University of Manchester, graduating in 1971 and carried out postgraduate research into the care of people with schizophrenia, gaining an MSc in 1978. She also gained a Diploma in Applied Social Studies in 1974 from the University of Liverpool. She has published numerous research reports, papers and academic articles on child abuse, child and family policy, social gerontology, social policy and criminology. She worked as a probation officer in Merseyside from 1971 to 1976, returning to the University of Manchester as a research associate, lecturer and then senior lecturer in the Department of Social Policy - a department she became head of in 1995.
Elected MP for Stretford and Urmston in 1997, Baroness Hughes served as a government minister for nine years with responsibilities in local government, home affairs and education. In 2002, she was promoted to Minister of State and her posts included Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families (2005-09) and Minister of State for the North West (2007-09). She was appointed to the Privy Council in 2004 and became a Life Peer in 2010. She is a trustee to the Lowry Theatre Company, a Commissioner for the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission, Strategic Advisor to the Board of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and patron of a number of charities including the YMCA. Previous Non- Executive positions include Non-Executive Director for Trafford Park Development Corporation and Manchester Airport Company.
Member of: Governance & Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee, Finance & Resources Committee, Student Experience Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee.