Brian Boag

Professor Brian Boag MBA, PGDE, PGCHE, BSc (Critical Care)

Deputy Dean / Professor of Healthcare Leadership

Key details

Professor Brian Boag

Deputy Dean / Professor of Healthcare Leadership

Brian is a senior leader in Higher Education within the Health & Social Care field and currently holds the position of Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

Previously he was Associate Dean for the International Development and Strategy and Operations in the School of Health & Society at the University of Salford. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of the School’s day-to-day management as well as international education and partnerships and has been the interim Dean of School. He has extensive experience in leading change and has a national and international profile in education leadership. Brian holds several executive appointments, and was a governor of the Northern Care Alliance, a Council Member of the University of Salford and was appointed in 2021 as a diversity advisor to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Brian is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Chartered Institute of Managers, an external examiner, academic reviewer, author of several publications and a regular presenter at peer reviewed international conferences. Brian has an MBA in Education from Keele University as well as postgraduate qualifications in nursing, teaching and education from UK universities. Brian has delivered extensive programmes and consultancy on professional regulation and is visiting professor at an international University. His research interests focus around nursing (retaining registration as both an Adult and a Mental Health nurse), leadership, quality of practice and professional identity, areas on which he has published and delivered presentations, keynote addresses and webinars.

Following an early career in nursing, specialising in emergency care, and part of the team of nurse practitioners/paramedics working at the Millennium Dome, he moved into education and has worked in London, Cumbria, Glasgow, Derby and Greater Manchester in a variety of roles. Brian was a runner up International Nurse of the Year at the RCN Nursing standard awards in 2007 and has also received two prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholarships: for Travel in 2006 and the Council of Deans of Health Leadership scholarship in 2017-18. He also received the Harvard Business School MBA class of ’74 scholarship in 2018 allowing him to study Executive Leadership at Harvard.

Responsibilities within the university

  • To provide strategic leadership within the Faculty and play a lead role in the delivery of the faculty's strategic priorities as directed by the PVC/Executive Dean.
  • To be responsible for the strategic overview of the Faculty’s partnerships including industry relationships, transnational academic partnerships, Health industry and local educational relationships.


  • External Examiner – University of Bradford
  • Council of Deans for Health – Co-Chair Professional Regulation Sub Committee
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority - Co-Lead of the LGBTQ+ Advisory panel