Nick has recently completed an assignment to LOCOG helping to deliver the final year of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival - the largest UK-wide festival ever staged.
Nick was Chief Executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival from 2000 to 2008 where he was responsible for the artistic and commercial operation of both the annual Festival and the year round venues. Nick oversaw the re-launch, in 2002, of Brighton Festival and Brighton Festival Fringe as England’s largest arts festival and its development into a major national event. He was also responsible for the substantial capital refurbishment of Brighton Dome and Museum, as well as re-opening the Dome as the south coast’s premier arts and conference centre.
Nick is a past Chairman of the British Arts Festivals Association and the International Festival and Events Association - Europe. During his time at BAFA he was instrumental in producing the regular survey of UK arts festivals – Festivals Mean Business. He is a member of the Home Office Arts and Entertainment Task Force looking at Visas for overseas artists. In these roles he has created an extensive network of festival and event producers across the world.
Nick was previously Administrative Director of the Edinburgh International Festival working with Festival Directors Frank Dunlop and Brian McMaster. He was responsible for its financial, legal and operational success between 1990 and 2000. Over this time the Festival grew considerably and Nick established the Hub - Edinburgh's Festival Centre - a highly successful Lottery funded project, which was opened by HM the Queen in July 1999.
Prior to the Edinburgh International Festival, Nick ran Meteorlites Productions Ltd, an event lighting and technical production business, operating throughout the world, in the music and entertainment sectors. His early career was with Granada Theatres and as a production manager.
As a consultant he has advised on new festival strategies for Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England, Advantage West Midlands and Swale Borough Council. He has produced advocacy reports for Derby City Council, a feasibility study for the British Equestrian Federation and has advised festivals in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Iceland.
With nearly 30 years involvement in all aspects of events and festivals in both the commercial and public sectors, Nick’s particular areas of experience are organisational development and business planning, partnership working and stakeholder development, commercial strategies and fundraising, venue management, outdoor events and production.