Nigel Doughty

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Nigel Doughty
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Personal information
Full name Nigel Edward Doughty
Date of birth (1957-06-10)10 June 1957
Place of birth Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England
Date of death 4 February 2012(2012-02-04) (aged 54)
Place of death Skillington, Lincolnshire

Nigel Edward Doughty (10 June 1957 – 4 February 2012) was co-chairman and co-founder of Doughty Hanson & Co, a European private equity firm based in London and with offices throughout Europe.

Doughty was born in Newark, Nottinghamshire. Doughty Hanson & Co traces its history back to 1985 when Doughty and Richard Hanson began working together on European investments. Doughty completed his Cranfield BA in 1984 and became a Distinguished Alumnus of the Cranfield School of Management in 2004.[1] He made a personal donation in 2006 to establish the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management.[2] He was also President of The Cranfield Trust.[3] Doughty was a Trustee of the Doughty Family Foundation[4] and the Doughty Hanson Charitable Foundation.[5]

Doughty was an Assistant Treasurer of the Labour Party[6] and Chairman of the current Small Business Taskforce policy review.[7] He was a member of the World Economic Forum in Davos.[8]

Doughty bought control of Nottingham Forest F.C. for £11 million in 1999.[9] After the departure of Steve McClaren as Forest manager in October 2011, Doughty announced his decision to step down as Forest chairman by the end of the 2011–12 season.[10] Doughty's son Michael is a professional footballer.

On 4 February 2012, Doughty was found dead in the gymnasium of his home in Skillington, Lincolnshire.[9][11][12] His death was due to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). He is survived by his widow Lucy and his four children: Helena, Michael, Sean and Lucas.[13]


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  2. ^ "Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility". Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  3. ^ "News". Cranfield Trust. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  4. ^ "The Doughty Family Foundation - Charity Number 1127491, Details, Financial Information and Comments from directors". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Doughty Hanson Charitable Foundation - Doughty Hanson & Co". Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  6. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Ed Miliband's speech to Federation of Small Businesses | The Labour Party". 2011-03-18. Archived from the original on 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  8. ^ "Members | World Economic Forum-Members". Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  9. ^ a b "Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty found dead". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "I had to quit as Forest chairman". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nigel Doughty". Nottingham Forest Official Website. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Obituary on BBC Radio 4's Last Word
  13. ^ [1]

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