Nick Bradford graduated from RGIT in 1975 and won the John Lockie Gold Medal for Scottish Business Research in that year. He qualified as an accountant with KPMG in Glasgow three years later.
He was head of tax in Shell when he left in February 1985 to build his own business. Without any clients he had to supplement his income by lecturing at RGU. In 1988 he gave up the RGU position and moved to Strathclyde University to teach tax. At the same time Chevron UK funded his PhD research into oilfield taxation at Glasgow University.
By 1990 the private practice had built up sufficiently to preclude any outside interests, and nothing has changed since. Outside of his day job he is Chairman of Montrose Port Authority. Because of the international perspective of the business he travels a lot.