Mr Nick BrownBack to People

Department: Bursar
College appointment: Bursar


Nick is a chartered accountant and joined Magdalen College as CFO and Bursar in January 2022, having been finance director of M&G Real Estate, the real estate arm of M&G plc, where he was aboard director and oversaw the finances of c. £35bn of real estate investments across the world. Previously, he held roles at the Wellcome Trust and spent his earlier career in professional practice.  At EY Nick led the team providing due diligence on a wide range of capital markets and M&A projects, focused on real estate and natural resources. At KPMG, Nick was Head of Non-Financial Reporting, focused on ESG and holistic reporting of performance., having earlier delivered audits in the UK and spent two years in Hong Kong.  Nick graduated in Civil Engineering from University of Birmingham and completed a post-graduate diploma in sustainability from University of Cambridge. Nick is a non-executive Director of Unimo Global, a startup seeking to transform the market for investment in growth companies such as university spinouts, and has served on the Finance Committee of the British Property Federation and ESG Committee of INREV, the European trade body for real estate funds for whom he has also chaired the team that produced new guidelines for the pricing of real estate investment funds.

Role in College

As CFO and Bursar, Nick’s primary responsibilities are to ensure the sound financial management of the College, principally budgeting and control of College expenditure, financial reporting, as well as safeguarding and optimising returns from the endowment. He plays an active role in the evolution of the College’s estate.