Nicola grew up in the rainforest of West Papua where her parents worked with a flying charity often bringing medical aid to inaccessible tribes by helicopter.
After returning to the UK, Nicola volunteered in her local prison for three years, before joining the prison service where she has now worked for nearly 20 years. She has worked in some of England’s most complex prisons – most notably HMP Swaleside and HMP Pentonville. She is currently Governor at HMP Woodhill, a high-security prison leading a team of around 800.
Nicola has a Masters in Criminology & Management. Her research into knife crime was published as a book called ‘Why carry a weapon?’