- Simon Costa
As Finance Director, I have overall responsibility for the RAU's finances - including overseeing its income and expenditure, and monitoring its balance sheet and treasury functions. I am also in charge of governance, and as part of this, I have responsibility for interfacing with the Office for Students. I sit on the Vice-Chancellor's Executive Group, and conduct the work of the Finance & Estates, and Audit & Risk, committees.
After graduating with degrees in Finance from Birmingham University, and Management from Oxford University, I worked as an investment banker on Wall Street during the 1990s, and then in London - specializing in trans-Atlantic and global mergers and acquisitions, and ending up as an Executive Director. I then returned to the US, and ran my own Real Estate business in Virginia for 10 years.
In 2011, I was appointed as the first Senior & Finance Bursar of my old Oxford college, where I spent seven and a half years transforming its financial health, and serving on all the college's core committees. As part of the financial restructuring, I executed a £20m private placement with a 50-year maturity, at a fixed rate of 2.525% - the keenest terms of any Oxford private placement at the time.