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Graham Lord appointed Senior Vice-President (Health & Life Sciences) at King’s

14 May 2024

Professor Allan Pacey to continue running FBMH on day-to-day basis.

Professor Graham Lord, currently our Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, has been appointed as Senior Vice President (Health & Life Sciences), Executive Director of King’s Health Partners and Chief Academic Officer on the Boards of Guy’s & St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals. This news will also be shared by King’s today.

Graham will re-join King’s on 1 September 2024, having previously been Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Experimental Immunobiology there prior to his time with us.

As you will be aware, Graham has recently been away from the university on sabbatical undertaking a senior leadership course at the Harvard Business School. Professor Allan Pacey, FBMH Deputy Vice-President and Deputy Dean has been deputising since January this year on day-to-day faculty matters.

We are pleased to say that Allan will now remain in that role on an interim basis with the support of the entire faculty leadership team, providing important continuity across FBMH.  Graham, who has just concluded his Harvard course, will focus on ensuring a smooth transition until he joins King’s.

We will immediately begin a formal recruitment process for Graham’s replacement which will involve an extensive international search process.

Commenting, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor said, ‘It has been a pleasure to work with Graham since 2019 when he joined the university. He has been an inspirational leader for FBMH and made a huge contribution to transforming the Faculty, with a particular focus on using our skills and expertise to drive better healthcare outcomes in Greater Manchester, nationally and internationally.

‘I am pleased to say, that Graham will retain much current research activity with us and hold an honorary chair, so we will continue to be connected. We wish him very well in his new career chapter at King’s in his multi-faceted role across health and medicine.

‘At the same time, with Allan Pacey and the wider faculty leadership team continuing to operate as they have done successfully for a number of months so far this year, we know the faculty is in very good hands providing great continuity to take forward and deliver on FMBH’s ongoing agenda.’

Professor Graham Lord said, ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed the five and a half years I have served as Vice-President and Dean of this marvellous Faculty. We are now into the second half of our ten-year strategic framework and I am confident that, as I leave, the Faculty and the University are very strongly positioned to continue to deliver excellence in education, research and global impact.’