Estates Bursar

Chris Ferguson

  • I am the Fellow responsible for the college's finances, with oversight of budgets and financial planning.
  • I also oversee the college's investment strategy and manage its assets.
  • I lead all planning relating to our buildings and property, including our Levine Building project.
Chris Ferguson

Profile

As Estates Bursar, my primary responsibilities are the management of the college’s property and other investments, and ensuring sound financial management of the College. I manage the college’s Bursary team, and oversee the management of college assets including its estates and endowment. I also oversee the college’s legal affairs and its risk management – for example arranging insurance policies and legal contracts. In these activities I am guided and advised by various college committees, including the Bursarial Committee, the Investment Committee and Governing Body.

In my earlier career I worked in professional sport, initially in horse racing at Ascot Racecourse and the Jockey Club, then later as a director of Gloucester Rugby. More recently I moved into property management as the Finance Director of the Englefield Estate in West Berkshire, and it was following this role that I joined Trinity in September 2017.

In my spare time I have a voluntary role in primary and secondary education as a director and trustee of the Vale Academy Trust. This is a group of 8 state schools operating as a multi-academy trust in the Wantage and Abingdon area of Oxfordshire. Predictably, I chair the Finance and Operations Committee.

christopher.ferguson@trinity.ox.ac.uk