Professor Lisa Roberts
Professor Roberts leads on the development of the University’s research and innovation strategy, delivering a step change in the quality, volume and impact of world-leading research carried out at Leeds.
Her role includes promoting industry partnerships in a number of key sectors, accelerating interdisciplinary research across a wide range of academic disciplines to tackle grand challenges and driving the recruitment and development of world-leading academics. She has responsibility for the following directorates: corporate relationships, research and innovation development, research quality and impact, commercialisation, major research initiatives, interdisciplinary research, international research and the Doctoral College.
Previously she was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, leading the Schools of Bioscience and Medicine, Psychology and Health Sciences. During this time she also developed and launched only the 8th School of Veterinary Medicine in the UK and developed a successful One Health Strategy, with external partnerships being key to their success.
Lisa is a Professor of Virology and, earlier in her career, she worked as a product development manager for Procter and Gamble, before undertaking her PhD at the BBSRC Institute for Animal Health and the University of Kent.
Lisa is also a Board member of the Henry Royce Institute, the UK’s National Institute for Materials Science research and innovation.