Nicola started her career having graduated as an engineer, providing digitally enabled solutions across a wide range of industries from communications and architecture to the environment and offshore. She entered the the public sector 25 years ago 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 including the Lincolnshire NHS Integrated Care System 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 digitally enabled transformation, change and improvement. This is coupled with strong belief and understanding in how technology and data can used for social good, and a passion for the role digital plays in working with our partners, supporting our communities, safeguarding and protecting our people, especially the most vulnerable.
She is extremely proud of the teams she’s had the privilege to lead, especially where the solutions they have designed and delivered have been innovative and the first of their kind. 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 diversity champion and mentor for the STEM professions (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), has been invited to be a Fellow of the British Computing Society and sits on various technology advisory committees, including an Institution of Engineering and Technology Experts Panel.
She and her ‘other half’ Michael live in Sheffield where they have raised three sons - now adults working as doctors and engineers at home and overseas. With a love for the outdoors, you are most likely to find Nicola walking her Schnoodle Hester on the edges of the Peak District, along the beaches of the east coast or across the fields of Lincolnshire.