Nigel Carrington (Courtauld Postgraduate Diploma 2007) has been appointed as the new Rector of University of the Arts London. He will succeed Sir Michael Bichard who leaves the post in August 2008 after seven successful years.


With a strong track record in strategic leadership and management, and a personal passion for the arts, Carrington will be joining Sir John Tusa, the University’s new Chairman to lead the next phase of the University’s ambitious plans. These include a major £165 million capital project at King's Cross, increasing partnerships with the creative industries, and positioning the University internationally as the leading institution for arts education. 

As an international lawyer with Baker & McKenzie, Nigel Carrington gained valuable experience in the USA, and at the age of 38, was appointed Managing Partner of the London office, where he was highly successful in strengthening its international reputation and achieving significant growth in the UK. He was also a Member of the firm’s International Executive Committee, and Chairman of its European and Middle East Regional Council. In 2000, he joined the McLaren Group as Managing Director, and was Deputy Chairman between 2005-2007.

He currently holds senior positions in the public, private and charitable sectors including: Chairman of The English Concert; Trustee of Independent Opera; and he is a Non-Executive Director of UCL Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust and of Hornby Plc. Carrington read Law at St John’s College, Oxford. He recently completed a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.


As Rector, Carrington will lead Europe’s largest specialist art and design University which comprises six internationally renowned colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art. 

Regarding his appointment, Nigel Carrington says "University of the Arts London is a truly remarkable institution that stands in a league of its own in the arts and education. Sir Michael Bichard and his senior management team have positioned the University at the threshold of many exciting developments. I see this as a wonderful opportunity to apply my experience to deliver the University’s ambitious plans as well as building new strategic relationships in the UK and internationally."

ir John Tusa says "The University’s Governors are very impressed with Nigel Carrington’s extensive experience and leadership at the most senior levels, characterised by a highly developed collaborative style of management. His strategic skills, multi-cultural perspective and personal commitment to the arts will be especially valued as we take on the great opportunities facing the University."

The Courtauld extends its great congratulations to Mr Carrington on this tremendous appointment.