John Preston appointed new University Treasurer

John Preston became University Treasurer on 1 January 2018.

John, a Mathematics graduate of the University of Kent at Canterbury, is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and The Chartered Institute of Taxation. He left PricewaterhouseCoopers in June 2014 after 34 years, 23 of them as a partner. During that time he worked with some of the firm's largest global clients and held a number of senior management roles both in the UK and as part of the Firm's Global Network. He was also Diversity Champion for several years.

He is President and a long serving Council member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Chair of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund, Trustee of both the PwC and DH&S Pension schemes and a member of both the Investment Committee and the Administration, Benefits and Communications Committee.

John has served on the University Council since August 2016 and succeeds Peter Wyman, Treasurer from January 2011 to December 2017.

John said: “I am honoured to be appointed Treasurer. My predecessor, Peter Wyman, together with the University’s excellent finance team have done a fantastic job of facilitating the excellent growth seen over many years whilst maintaining financial strength. I look forward to working to continue this successful trend.”

Working in an unpaid capacity, the Treasurer exercises an overview of the University’s finances and works closely with the Director of Finance and the Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are extremely grateful to Peter for the advice and guidance he has given to the University during his time as Treasurer.  He has played a vital role in ensuring that the University is financially robust.

“In John, we have a worthy successor.  I am delighted to welcome him as our new Treasurer and I look forward to working with him during my remaining months as Vice-Chancellor.”

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