Prior to setting up the charity in 2009 Nick was Director of Education at Business in the Community. During this time he oversaw the production of a report on school governance on behalf of the National Council of Education Excellence. The council, chaired by the Prime Minister considered how best to mobilise businesses and universities to work with schools and colleges.
Between 2000 and 2006 he was Director of Development at St Paul’s School where he was responsible with the Governors for reviewing and articulating the school’s vision as it approached its 500th anniversary and developing a strategic plan to achieve this. Nick originally studied Environmental Management and then ran his own business as well as being involved with various charities. In 1992 he obtained a PGCE and taught in an 11-16 comprehensive school and an 11-18 grammar school. In 1997 he was appointed Development Director at the state school in Lancashire – the first appointment of its kind in the UK where his responsibilities included employer engagement.