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University of Bath

Mr John Preston Treasurer

To maintain an overview of the University's finances. This responsibility includes acting as Chair of the Finance Committee.


Appointed by Council

John Preston joined Council in September 2016. He became the University Treasurer on 1 January 2018 and is Chair of its Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee. John 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 32 years, 23 of them as a partner. During that time he worked with some of the firm's largest global clients particularly, but not exclusively, in the financial services sector and in mergers and acquisitions. He also held a number of senior management roles both in the UK and as part of the firm's Global Network. These included, for a major part of the firm's business, Chief Operating Officer, head of Risk and Quality, Financial Services Market Leader and global head of External Relations, Regulation and Policy. He was also Diversity Champion for several years.

He is a past President and a long serving Council member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the largest professional body in the UK focusing solely on taxation with nearly 18,000 members.

He is a Mathematics graduate of the University of Kent at Canterbury.

John's 2019/20 Register of Interests declarations: Chair, J Sainsbury Pension Scheme Trustees Limited; D Trustee Limited (Trustee of the DH&S Retirement and Death Benefits Plan), Chair, Medical Research Pension Scheme and Chair, London Pension Fund Authority; no employment other than aforementioned Directorships but in receipt of a pension from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (retired as a partner in 2014); Council Member of Chartered Institute of Taxation and Member of Tax Faculty Board of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).