Manchester Academic Health Science Centre has appointed a new director.

Ian Greer will lead the organisation, which is the only academic health science centre in the country outside the South East.

Professor Greer, who was recently made vice president of Manchester University and dean of its medical faculty, is a permanent replacement for Ian Jacobs, who left MAHSC to take up a new role in Australia.

He joins MAHSC from Liverpool University and is the current chair of the Northern Health Science Alliance – a partnership of universities, hospital trusts and academic health science networks.

Professor Greer, who will start his new roles in Manchester in the summer, said he was “tremendously excited to lead the north’s only academic health science centre”.

“The role will grant me the privilege of joining a team of leading experts who are working hard to make a real difference to the health and wealth of Manchester – a city that is tragically marked by lower than average health outcomes and pockets of significant deprivation, but is rich with the resources and infrastructure to create positive and long lasting change.”

MAHSC’s chair, Sir Howard Bernstein, who is also chief executive of Manchester City Council, said: “Professor Greer’s work, particularly in relation to his chairmanship of the Northern Health Science Alliance, has not gone unnoticed in Manchester and I am confident that his wealth of skill and existing knowledge of the north and its characteristic strengths and challenges will serve him well in his new position.”