Mr Thompson is a chartered accountant who was Chief Financial Officer at the University of Nottingham for the period from 2007 until 2013. His career has largely been spent in the retail and food manufacturing industries.
He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and worked with the firm for ten years at their Newcastle upon Tyne and London offices. He went on to work in senior financial positions in a number of retailers including Asda Stores and Woolworths before joining the Co-operative movement where he spent eight years. During this time, he was responsible for the management of a number of large businesses in the funerals, pharmacy, retail, distribution and manufacturing sectors.
He is currently Deputy Treasurer of the University of York and sits on the University Council. Inside the Trust, he is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.