The founder of NW Brown Group Ltd, Nigel Brown OBE retired as its Chairman in 2007. Nigel was appointed as an External Member of the University of Cambridge Council, at which time he also became Chairman of the University of Cambridge Audit Committee. He is Chairman of Greater Cambridge Partnership. His success was recognised by the Cambridge Evening News when he was named "Businessman of the Year 1997/98". His work with Great Eastern Investment Forum has been invaluable for the many young businesses in the region that have benefited from both the support and guidance of the group. Nigel's expertise in nurturing early-stage high-technology firms was recognised through his appointment as advisor on venture capital funding to the Government of Singapore. His love of music and the arts is reflected in his many other roles which include founder of classical music agency Hazard Chase, founder of ArtShare (a funding scheme for arts organisations), former Chairman of the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and patron of the Cambridge Music Festival and the NW Brown Music Prize. Nigel also provides sponsorship for Cambridge Wordfest.

Nigel was given an individual Queen's Award for Enterprise Support in July 2007, awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List January 2008, and was High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 2010/11.