Born 23 December 1949 (née Edwards) and graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University.
In 1993 she set up her own business to manufacture specialist metal powders, notably for medical engineering, and from 1999 was Managing Director of Quest Investments, a holding company for several engineering enterprises. She has been Vice-President of RedR an organization of engineers for disaster relief.
In 1997 she became the first female president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and in 1999 was awarded the OBE. She has received honorary degrees from Aston, Bradford and Sheffield Hallam Universities. She was High Sheriff of South Yorkshire in 2004-5. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute, Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. She and her husband Douglas were appointed Mistress and Master Cutler of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire in 1998.
From 2011 to 2012 she was Master Cutler of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, the first woman to hold this post.
On 7 Feb 2014 a new building at the University of Sheffield was named the Pam Liversidge Building in her honour