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Meet the team

Led by the Director, Transformation Programme, our team adds value through our knowledge and skills and has the experience to ensure that projects are completed succesfully. 

Beth Dodd, Director, Transformation Programme

Beth Dodd took up the role of Director, Transformation Programme, on 1 August 2019. She leads the Strategic Change Office and has a key role in the implementation of our new Strategic Plan.

Beth brings a rich variety of Higher Education, public and private sector perspectives to her role.  She was previously Head of Business Change at the University of Leeds. Prior to this Beth held a similar position in Yorkshire Water, and is also chair of the Continuous Improvement Exchange Forum, a public sector community group consisting of around 20 different public sector bodies in the North of England, sharing good practice in change management.

Aliya Khan, Project Manager

Aliya is a Project Manager with 12 years experience gained in the public and third sectors. She joined the University in 2017 and is currently a Project Manager for the Student Experience Programme, and has previously managed a range of projects involving IT systems changes, changes to ways of working and digital projects including the Employee Lifecycle Project, Student Lifecycle Project and Finance Automation.

Prior to joining the PMO, Aliya most recently worked at Parkinson’s UK and at the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham. She has also been a trainer for a number of years.  


Caroline Hargreaves, Business Change Manager

Caroline is currently working on the Research Lifecycle Programme. She has previously held University roles over a 20 year period spanning service management, project management, business analysis, relationship management and training. She has also worked for PeopleSoft and Oracle in service and programme management roles. She was awarded PeopleSoft’s Global Outstanding Contributor of the Year for a programme that implemented multi-lingual IT Support Centres across Europe and AsiaPac.

Cath Dyson, Project Manager

Cath is a qualified Project Manager who is currently working on Export Controls. During her University career she has also been responsiible for the project management of transformational change and continuous improvement projects, which has included the Employee Lifecycle Project, the roll out of the online P&DR system to Research and Academic Staff and support for process improvement in HR and Occupational Health.

Previously, Cath worked in Change Management and Process Improvement (CMPI) as a Project Manager supporting colleagues in PGR Funding, School of Environment, Education, and Development, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, Human Resources and SRID.  Prior to CMPI she worked in the Faculty of Humanities as the eLearning Manager.



Erin Baggaley, Project Manager

Erin is a Project Manager for a number of strategically important initiatives including the Employee Lifecycle Programme as part of the SCO team. She is qualified in change management.

Erin has worked at the University of Manchester since 2004, initially as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate before becoming a Research Fellow between 2010 and 2014. She then made a planned career change, moving into change management as part of the Change Management and Process Improvement Team.

Hannah White, Senior Business Change Manager

Hannah is currently a member of the Student Experience Programme team. She has a broad range of qualifications and experience in change methodologies including Business Analysis, Project Management, Process Improvement and Change Management.  She is also a qualified coach, with vast experience in training and facilitation.

Previously Head of Business Change at King’s College London, Hannah has worked for more than a decade in Higher Education and transformation roles, delivering a wide range of successful student experience and education strategy projects in multiple institutions, involving system, process and ways of working.

Kutub Akuji, Head of Project and Programme Delivery

Kutub is an experienced Programme and Portfolio Management professional who joined the University in April 2019. He previously worked in a number of large, complex organisations including BT, Royal Mail, the Co-op Group and Amazon Logistics, where he led the establishment of portfolios, communities of practice and PMOs. He has also held HR leadership positions and played a key role in the development and delivery of a People strategy.

Kutub enjoys the challenge of leading change in complex environments. His belief is that the key to successful Portfolio delivery is in leadership embedding the right structure and behaviours across an organisation.

Laura Ashcroft Clarke, Programme Coordinator

Laura provides overall programme and portfolio support, administrative and operational management, and also supports a number of governance meetings, including the Strategic Change Sub-Committee. Laura is also the nominated Local Safety Advisor and Information Governance Guardian for the SCO.

Having been at the University since 2010, Laura worked as a Project Officer supporting MECD, the Faculty Office in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and as a Project Officer looking after members and volunteers for the Association of University Administrators.

Lara Melville, Project Manager

Lara is an experienced Project Manager with expertise in sustainability, procurement, transport, stakeholder engagement and funding. She is currently working on the Student Experience Programme, having previously been responsible for the GDPR programme and for delivering new solutions to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act. 

Previously, Lara has worked as a self-employed Project Manager and sustainability consultant and has advised clients on financial and environmental sustainability and delivered a wide range of transport, environmental and business change projects.

Lisa McClare, Project Manager

Lisa is a qualified Project Manager who is responsible for the project management of a number of transformational change and continuous improvement projects, which has included the launch of the Presidential Fellows recruitment initiative in 2018. She is currently working on the development of the SCO and Our People Our Values, one of the themes in Our Future.

Previously, Lisa worked in the Directorate of Research and Business Engagement as Project Manager for implementation of the research information system, Pure. She was highly commended in this role in the 2017 PS, Library and Cultural Institutions’ Distinguished Achievement Large Team Awards. She also received the 2014 Library and Cultural Institutions’ Distinguished Achievement Large Team Awards earlier in her University career as the deputy REF submission manager.


Miranda Hall, Senior Project Manager

Miranda is a qualified Project Manager who is currently assigned as Programme Manager for the Student Experience Programme. In her previous roles at the University, she has worked in finance across a number of areas: within Schools in FBMH and Humanities, in the Humanities Faculty Office and more recently in Central Finance.

Prior to joining the University, Miranda worked as a Senior Project Manager at AstraZeneca, where she worked on Research and Development project teams, as well as on a Finance Transformation programme, where she project managed a portfolio of projects ranging from the implementation of a new system to process and organisational change.

Paul Oates, Project Manager

Paul joined the University in 2014 and is an experienced and qualified Project Manager with expertise in implementing systems led business change and process improvement. He is currently managing the Employee Lifecycle Project and previously managed projects including Buying Smarter, Buying Simpler, which aimed to improve the buying experience for staff. 

Paul was also responsible for managing the implementation of the Uniforum data collection and working with colleagues on various initiatives across the University as part of the Change Management and Process Improvement Team. He also runs regular Process Improvement Training events with SLD. 

Vicky Matthews, Project Administrator

Vicky provides administrative support, including PA support to the Director, Transformation. This involves diary management, meeting arrangements, maintaining office procedures and systems, team-related HR support, finance support for the office, and generally sorting things out that need to be sorted.

Vicky has worked at the University since 2009, firstly working for the Manchester Self-Harm (MaSH) Project as a data collection officer before moving to work on reception at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, eventually becoming a Divisional Support Administrator.