For the last 20 years Professor Pearson has gained board level experience in local and national NHS organisations, and her international research has focused on health services, inequalities, diversity and people’s management of their health.
She joins the University from the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer in the Department of Health where she has worked as Academic Director since 2008. Prior to joining the Department of Health she ran her own consultancy in health policy.
Professor Pearson also served as Deputy Director of Human Resources for the NHS and Head of Learning and Personal Development in the Department of Health.
She was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Keele University for three years until 2007, during which time she led organisational change across the university, streamlining academic programmes to achieve efficiencies and developing an internationalisation strategy.
Professor Pearson’s academic career was primarily spent at the University of Liverpool. She qualified and practiced as a nurse after graduating from the University of Cambridge in geography, then moved to Liverpool where she studied social aspects of leprosy control for her doctoral dissertation. She joined Liverpool’s academic staff and served as Director of the Health and Community Care Research Unit before she was promoted to Professor of Health and Community Care.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall said: “Maggie Pearson brings to Salford a highly impressive background in strategic leadership in higher education and government. Her wide experience in the NHS and in the Department of Health, where she led on higher education issues, will be invaluable asset for our university.
“She is an experienced and widely recognised researcher known for her commitment to improving the quality of life and has had notable experience in university leadership.”
Professor Pearson said: “I am very excited about joining the University of Salford and look forward to playing my part in its future.
“The College of Health & Social Care has an impressive reputation as one of the North West’s largest education providers and is highly respected in the NHS. I am very much looking forward to working with the people who have made it such a success.”