About Us

Oxford University Development (OUD) is a joint venture partnership bringing together the land, vision and opportunities of Oxford University with the investment and development management skills of Legal & General Capital.

OUD is working in close partnership with Oxford City Council, Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council, other local authorities and local stakeholders.

University of Oxford

Oxford University has been placed number 1 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the sixth year running (2022), and at the heart of this success is ground-breaking research and innovation. Oxford is world-famous for research excellence and home to some of the most talented people from across the globe.

Their work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of Oxford’s research sparks imaginative and inventive insights and solutions.

Through its research commercialisation arm, Oxford University Innovation, Oxford is the highest university patent filer in the UK and is ranked first in the UK for university spinouts, having created more than 200 new companies since 1988. Over a third of these companies have been created in the past three years.

For further information contact the central news office team.

Email: news.office@admin.ox.ac.uk

Telephone: 01865 280 528


Legal & General Capital

Legal & General Capital (LGC) is Legal & General Group’s alternative asset platform, creating assets for Legal & General Retirement and third-party clients in order to achieve improved risk-adjusted returns for our shareholders. Investing in the real economy and creating alternative assets that deliver a tangible societal impact, its purpose is to invest society’s capital for society’s benefit.

LGC’s investments include residential property; specialist commercial real estate; clean energy; alternative credit; and venture capital. L&G has invested over £30bn in levelling-up regional economies, including through major regeneration schemes across the UK, including Cardiff, Newcastle, Sunderland, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and the West Midlands. In each case LGC has worked closely with local authorities, organisations and communities to make sure it meets the specific needs of the local area.

For more information about L&G’s work with OUD please contact Sophie Groves, Senior Investment Associate at Legal & General Capital. 

Email: Sophie.Groves@group.landg.com

Website: www.legalandgeneralcapital.com

Oxford University Development

The Joint Venture was formed in 2019 and is expected to run for at least a decade, backed by c. £4bn of investment capital.

OUD focuses on four areas of development:

  • academic estate
  • residential
  • infrastructure
  • and commercial innovation space.

OUD is led by Anna Strongman and is a small team of c 10 development professionals.

Email: TomClarke@oud.co.uk

The OUD team

Anna Strongman


Tom Bray-Smith


Tom Clarke

Planning Lead

Seb Balcombe

Begbroke Development Lead

Tom Darby

Begbroke Science Park Phase 1 Lead

Simon Crouch

Future Projects Development Lead

Aaron Crawford

Residential Lead

Jeremy Titchen

Court Place Gardens Lead

The OUPD Board

David Prout

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning & Resources) Oxford University

Bernard Taylor

Deputy Steward Oxford University

Professor Richard Hobbs

Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Professor Irene Tracey

Professor of Anaesthetic Neuroscience in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Anna Strongman

CEO of Oxford University Development

Tom Bray-Smith

CFO of Oxford University Development

Laura Mason

CEO L&G Capital

Wes Erlam

Managing Director of Urban Regeneration

Gordon Aitchison

Director LGIM

Geoffrey Timms

Group General Counsel Legal & General

For further information email hello@oud.co.uk

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