Nigel Carrington

Sir Nigel Martyn Carrington is a British lawyer and academic leader who has served as Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London since September 2008.

Nigel Carrington
Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London.
Alma materSt John's College, Oxford
OccupationLawyer and academic leader
Known forVice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London
AwardsHonorary Fellow, St John's College[1]


Carrington studied at Brighton College, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational) in the city of Brighton and Hove in East Sussex in southern England (1969–1974), before going to St John's College, Oxford, where he graduated with a law degree in 1978.


Baker McKenzie

He worked as an international lawyer with Baker McKenzie from 1979 to 2000. He was appointed Managing Partner of the London office at the age of 38, and was also a Member of the firm’s International Executive Committee, and Chairman of its European and Middle East Regional Council.

McLaren Group

In 2000, he joined the McLaren Group as Managing Director,[2][3] becoming Deputy Chairman in 2005, when he undertook a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and became a non-executive director of companies, charities and organisations in the public sector.

University of the Arts London

In September 2008 he became Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London.[4]

As Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, he has overall responsibility for the executive management of the University and chairs the University’s Executive and Academic Boards.

Since joining the University, which has an annual budget in excess of £250 million[5], he has managed a number of strategic projects including the University’s £200m capital development of the Central Saint Martins campus at King’s Cross[6] and the £69m Camberwell College of Arts redevelopment project,[7][8] which officially launched on 5 March 2018.[9]

He has commented publicly on a number of issues affecting Higher Education and the creative industries[10]. These include the importance of studying in the EU[11], universities’ expansion in the uncapped student numbers environment[12], tuition fees[13], student visas[14], and the impact of Government policy on the design industry[15]. He has also written for the Higher Education Policy Institute arguing that a structural deficit has emerged in higher education across creative subjects because of the expense of teaching art and design subjects[16].

He has also appeared before the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Art, Craft & Design in Education[17].

His initial five-year appointment was extended in 2012 and is now for an indefinite term. He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019 for services to higher education and the creative industries.

Carrington was knighted in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to higher education and the creative industries.[18]

Boards and committees

He is Chairman of the Henry Moore Foundation,[19] Chair of the Board of Advance HE,[20] a Director of the Creative Industries Federation, a Trustee of The English Concert, a trustee of Cass Sculpture Foundation, chair of trustees at Burgh House & Hampstead Museum[21] from 2017 and a member of the Board at Universities UK. Previous positions held include Non-Executive Director of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2005–2008), Trustee of Crisis (2005–2011) Trustee of Independent Opera (2006–2010), Trustee and Chairman of Jeans for Genes (2006–2008), a Governor of North London Collegiate School, (2007–2015), non-executive director of Hornby plc (2007–2014) and a Governor of International Students House (2009-2017).[22]


  1. "Nigel Carrington bio". St John's College.
  2. "New managing director at TAG McLaren Holdings". Crash. 23 June 2000. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  3. "Management changes at McLaren". 26 June 2000. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  4. MacLeod, Donald (22 January 2008). "University of the Arts London appoints new head". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  5. "Report and Financial Statements: For the year ended 31 July 2014" (PDF). University of the Arts London. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. "Central Saint Martins". King's Cross. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  7. Fraser, Calum. "Camberwell College of Arts redevelopment". South London News. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  8. "Camberwell College of Arts Building in London". e-architect. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  9. jwallace (14 March 2018). "Celebrate Camberwell: The official launch of the new facilities (5 March 2018)". Camberwell College of Arts Blog.
  10. Carrington, Nigel. "List of blogs". HuffPost. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  11. Carrington, Nigel (31 March 2015). "Freedom of movement is the main road to knowledge (blog)". HuffPost. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  12. Ratcliffe, Rebecca; Shaw, Claire (18 March 2015). "Almost half of English universities plan to recruit more students after cap is lifted". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  13. Carrington, Nigel (11 March 2015). "Three tests for the tuition fee cut (blog)". HuffPost. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  14. Carrington, Nigel (16 February 2015). "Open for business, but not for study (blog)". HuffPost. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  15. Montgomery, Angus (23 February 2015). "What's the first thing you'd like to see the next government do to help the design industry?". Design Week. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  16. Carrington, Nigel (2015). "One size does not fit all" (PDF). In Hillman, Nick (ed.). 'What do I get?' Ten essays on student fees, student engagement and student choice. HEPI. pp. 17–24. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  17. Carrington, Nigel (31 March 2015). "Speaking at APPG on Art, Craft and Design in Education (blog)". University of the Arts London: Vice-Chancellor's Page. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  18. "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B2.
  19. "Henry Moore Foundation: Nigel Carrington announced as Chair of Trustees". Henry Moore Foundation.
  20. "About us". Advance HE.
  21. "Home page". Burgh House & Hampstead Museum.
  22. "Home page". International Students House.
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Preceded by
Sir Michael Bichard
Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London
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