Professor Maggie Pearson was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor (Public Benefit) and Dean of the College of Health and Social Care at the University of Salford in February 2013. After taking a degree in Geography from Cambridge University, she went on to train as a nurse. Her PhD, at the University of Liverpool, was on Leprosy Control in West Nepal.
After an academic career in health policy and health services research at the University of Liverpool (1985-1996), including working for the European Commission on ageing and social policy, Maggie went on to become Regional Director of Research and Development for the NHS in the North West of England, and Regional Director of Cancer Services and Specialised Services Commissioning (1996-2001).
She was Director of Education and Training for the NHS in England (2001-04) before going on to be Deputy Vice Chancellor at Keele University (2004-07). From 2007 – 2013 Maggie led the curriculum development and higher education strategy for the UK Modernising Scientific Careers Programme. She has been a non-executive director of several NHS organisations, and was a lay member of the Commission on Human Medicines.
She was also the HE sector Director of the UK Sector Skills Development Agency (2006-08). She is Vice Chair and Director of the Salford Academy Trust and a Trustee of the Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust.
At the University of Salford she has led the development of the Salford Institute for Dementia, and she is Chair of the Salford Dementia Action Alliance.