Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill making a presentation

Professor Nigel Weatherill

Professor Nigel Weatherill, DL DSc FREng FRSA

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive is responsible to the Board of Governors and has ultimate responsibility for academic standards, the student experience, for establishing and executing strategy and for financial probity and robustness.

The Vice-Chancellor leads the Senior Management Team of the University, Chairs the Academic Board and is a member of the Board of Governors.


Professor Weatherill graduated in Mathematics and after some years in industry began an academic career that has seen him hold senior positions in the UK, at both Swansea and Birmingham Universities, and then around the world, including Adjunct Professor at the US National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centre in Mississippi and Scientist-in-Residence in Singapore. He has had national responsibilities, including Executive Director of the National Higher Education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Programme for England and Wales. In September 2011 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool John Moores University.

He holds a number of positions outside his role as Vice-Chancellor. He was the Honorary Colonel of the Liverpool University Officer Training Corps 2013-2018, he is a trustee of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, a Board Member of the CBI North West Regional Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership for the Liverpool City Region and the Arts Council England (North). He was appointed Chair of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 2015 and Chair of the Royal Court Liverpool in 2018.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He is a Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of the Arts, an Honorary Fellow of Swansea University and an Honorary Member of the Liverpool Medical Institution. In April 2016 Professor Weatherill was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside. In March 2018 he was elected an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, in July 2018 was made an Honorary Friend of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and in October 2018 will be recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

He is married to Barbara and has two children, George and Laura.


Professor Weatherill can be contacted via the Vice-Chancellor’s Office on 0151 709 3676 or email: