Michael Parsons

Bursar at Christ's College Cambridge

Bursar, Christ's College, Cambridge
Director General, Government Property at the Cabinet Office (2017-2021)

Michael Parsons is Bursar at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences and Computer Science at Christ’s, before qualifying as an accountant (CIPFA). He has held a number of executive and non-executive positions in the wider public and charitable sector.

Before returning to Christ’s, Mike was Director General, Government Property at the Cabinet Office (2017-2021) and head of the Government Property Function, leading a network of over 5,000 colleagues with responsibility for a range of property-related activities across a range of government departments, delivery organisations and agencies. He was responsible for the Government Estate Strategy, and launched the Government Property Agency.

Mike previously held the role Director General, Capabilities and Resources (Chief Operating Officer) at the Home Office. Joining the Home Office in February 2013, Mike led the consolidation of corporate functions within the department following the ending of the agency status of UKBA and HMPO. During this time he led the HO Spending Review 2015, securing significant change investment to support HO Transformation, oversaw the establishment of the HO Digital function alongside a strengthened Technology function, increased the professionalism of Commercial activity, and agreed a reconfiguration of HO Science activity with MOD.

Prior to 2013, Mike had extensive experience in local government, including in Hertfordshire County Council as Director of Resources and Performance where he led the council’s ambitious transformation programme, and as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Resources at Cambridgeshire County Council where he worked closely with the City Council and the University.