Nick’s varied career began with music, first song festivals in his hometown Rochdale, Lancashire and then with the band Sleeper’s Den formed at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He then joined the Colorado-based Albany Bridge Band as lead singer and rhythm guitarist shortly after University while visiting the USA. The death of his father, when Nick was 21 years-old, made him rethink his future. In the mid-1980s, now back in England, he pursued a career in journalism because he ‘wanted to have an impact, right wrongs, be serious’, eventually securing a position as an award-winning environment and technology correspondent for The Times from 1989 to 2000.
Nick was then lured to the UN Environment Programme headquartered in Nairobi, by its then Executive Director, the former German environment minister Klaus Toepfer who needed a British-speaking press person after which he rose to the role of Director of Communications and Spokesperson spearheading innumerable campaigns on climate change to the loss of species to the green economy.
“Oh my love, can you hear the church bells chime. As we go around the carousel, for one last time.”