Nicola started her career as graduate research engineer, providing digitally enabled solutions across a wide range of industries from communications and architecture to the environment and offshore. She entered the public sector in 1997 applying her analytical, digital, information and leadership skills to public sector transformation.
Nicola worked for local government, higher education and the health and care sector before joining Lincolnshire Police as their first Chief Digital and Information Office.
Nicola has an MBA and brings a broad church of expertise in leading and delivering transformation, change and improvement. This is coupled with a strong belief and understanding in how technology and data can used for social good, and a passion for the role digital plays working with our partners, supporting our communities, safeguarding and protecting our people, especially the most vulnerable. During the pandemic, she found and led a volunteer movement for enabling technology and equipment to get to those parts of society and our communities that needed it most.
Nicola is a deputy chair of the National Police Technology Council, has been invited to be a Fellow of the British Computing Society and sits on various committees and boards as an advisor and non-executive director, including the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a large NHS mental health and community services trust and a social housing association. Nicola is married with three grown-up sons.