Nik Miller

Nik Miller


+44 (0)7717 727 068

My expertise is not only in major gift fundraising, but also in corporate and alumni relations – and in creating impactful engagement journeys for mass audiences. Alongside impactful philanthropy and engagement, I’m also committed to advancing social equality. In 2016, four colleagues and I founded the Bridge Group: now an internationally recognised charity, providing strategic counsel to employers, government and universities on socio-economic equality, diversity and inclusion. 

These diverse elements all make perfect sense when you set them in the context of my passion, which is for the role that individuals and organisations play in realising positive change. I’m most effective when advising clients on strategic matters, while also playing an active role in turning these intentions into meaningful action. relations. I’ve also spent many years working on policy and practice to advance social equality, including access to higher education.

Some I've worked with recently

  • University of Oxford
  • Cathedral Music Trust
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Cambridge
  • English Heritage
  • URenew (a foundation rebuilding a region of Ukraine)
  • Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (South Africa)
  • Imperial College London
  • McMaster University (Canada)
  • Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
  • University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • Yorkshire Cancer Research


  • Strategic counsel and organisational impact
  • Inclusive talent management
  • Major gift fundraising
  • Outcomes-driven alumni relations strategies
  • Corporate and government engagement
  • Data analytics and insights

Before More

  • My career has featured playing pro-soccer in the USA, managing a government programme at the University of Warwick to advance university access, and a decade driving access, alumni engagement and corporate affairs at the University of York (UK).
  • In my work with the Bridge Group, a charity focused on advancing social equality, I’ve secured large commissions from e.g. Wellcome Trust, the Cabinet Office (Office of the British Prime Minister) and the BBC; alongside funding from over one hundred corporate organisations including Google, KPMG and Amazon.
  • Shakespeare and spreadsheets inspire me equally. My First in English Literature at the University of York (UK) was followed later with an MBA with (distinction) at University College London (UCL), and a full scholarship for the Talent Development Programme at Cranfield School of Management.

Outside More

  • We’ve settled in York and it’s all about the music. Every important memory has a soundtrack. I’m often found playing guitar and the piano at home with the family (dance moves added by our young children), in one of York’s excellent pubs, or on my own to relax.
  • Even in my forties, I waste hours playing and watching football – including as a stoical, much-travelled Ipswich Town fan (uplifting music helps with tougher times). Otherwise, our family are busy exploring intriguing parts of the world, while appreciating more and more the beautiful place that has become home.