Nigel advises community groups, PLC's, private companies and individuals. He works with local authorities and central government, including Number 10 Policy Unit and the Department of Communities and Local Government. He is one of the country's most experienced Neighbourhood Plan Independent Examiners and is an experienced Planning Inspector, having determined around 1,000 planning appeals for the Government's Planning Inspectorate in England; and helping the Jersey Government to develop and deliver its appeal system for the States of Jersey.
Nigel is land and planning advisor to the Blenheim Estate, Oxfordshire, which includes Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site; and also to the Leverhulme Estate, part of the legacy of philanthropist and visionary, William Lever (Lord Leverhulme), founder of Lever Bros, later Unilever. He is also Non-Executive Director of Trafford Housing Trust (THT), an innovative and sustainable housing provider which, through a joint venture with London and Quadrant, is evolving into one of Britain’s leading community-builders. Together, Through Erimax - Land, Planning and Communities, Nigel is helping to drive forward nationally significant, innovative approaches to achieving enhanced values through the creation of distinctive and sustainable places, supported by the long term re-investment of proceeds back into local communities.
Nigel sits on the Wesleyan Assurance MSS Fund Monitoring Committee and the Oxford Design Review Panel. He has held executive and non-executive board roles and was formerly a Managing Director and Director of national public and private strategic land and housebuilding companies. This followed an early career in local government, commencing as a labourer for Blackburn Council.