Professor Mike Thomas has been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Chester, as the culmination of a rich and diverse career in which he has pioneered treatment for people with eating disorders, held management posts in industry and the public sector, practised as a mental health nurse and served in the Armed Forces.
From 1 st August, 2010, Professor Thomas will be the member of the Senior Management Team, charged with working directly and strategically with the Deans and senior managers from the University’s seven academic Faculties: Applied and Health Sciences; Arts and Media; Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning; Education and Children’s Services; Health and Social Care; Humanities; and Social Science.
He will also retain some of his existing responsibilities as Executive Dean of Health and Social Care.
Professor Thomas joined the Royal Navy immediately after leaving school and served as a communications and tactical operator on HM submarines. Following five years’ service he took a management role in an engineering company before training to become a mental health nurse at Winwick Hospital, Warrington.
Later qualifying as a nurse tutor, Professor Thomas moved into higher education in 1993 with a post as Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford. At Salford he became Director of Post-Qualifying Studies in the Department and Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, where he also held positions as Head of Department and Head of School of Health Care Professions.
Following an appointment as Associate Dean (Academic Enterprise) at the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Salford, in 2001, Professor Thomas moved to the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI) in 2001 as Dean of Faculty (Medical Education, Health, Sports & Exercise Sciences and Sciences) and Professor of Mental Health. He joined Leeds Metropolitan University as Associate Dean/Head of School of Health and Human Sciences, and Professor of Eating Disorders in the Faculty of Health, in 2004.
Professor Thomas’s research interests include the holistic treatment of people with chronic and enduring eating disorders,
Professor Tim Wheeler, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “Professor Thomas is widely renowned as a researcher, teacher and clinician. He is a very welcome addition to the Senior Management Team, who has consistently made a significant contribution to the work of the University.”