Nigel Keen gained a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University and also qualified as an accountant with Deloittes. He has pursued a career encompassing industry, venture capital and banking. In 1984 Nigel Keen founded the Cygnus group of venture capital investment companies. Cygnus provides finance and management skills to emergent, developing and mature companies with high growth potential.
He is the chairman of a number of high growth publicly listed companies, including Syncona Parners LLP, The Oxford Academic Health Science Network and Deltex Medical Group PLC, and is a past chairman of Oxford Instruments PLC.