Professor Michael Brown, Independent Chair of Procure Plus, is also Chairman of the Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, a successful and innovative organization, central to transforming health care in communities. He is also the Independent Chair of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity, Alder Hey being the largest national children’s hospital – treating more than 270,000 children annually – with patients being drawn from all parts of the UK.
He retired as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in 2011. Under his 11 years of leadership, LJMU had, uniquely in UK Higher Education, applied the European Excellence Model to the whole university as its leadership and management framework with great success and transformed all of its academic programmes so that its graduates received both a quality education AND high-level skills.
A brief career description would be: a research and academic staff post at Nottingham University; a Royal Society European Fellowship held at Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires in Grenoble; a Senior Lectureship at Loughborough University, followed by 30 years’ of commercial and senior management experience, including being General Manager of Loughborough Consultants Ltd.; Pro Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University; and CEO of LJMU.
Professor Brown is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Engineer, a European Engineer (Eur. Ing.), a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Freeman and Engineer of the City of London, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Merseyside and was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List.
Among his many interests and activities, he was the Chair of the Strategy and Performance Committee for Merseyside Objective One European Funding; the founding Chairman of Liverpool Science Park; Chairman of the Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust (Everyman and Playhouse Theatres); and a Director of The Mersey Partnership. He has had substantial experience of working overseas, on both the commercial and government sectors.