Nigel is an honours graduate of Durham University and gained a Masters degree from Manchester University. After teaching in a number of secondary schools he held senior music posts with Bolton and Shropshire LEAs.
Nigel joined Staffordshire County Council in 1997. Amongst a variety of roles he continues to be Head of Staffordshire Performing Arts, one of the largest and most innovative music services in the UK.
Nigel was an OFSTED inspector for over 10 years serving on 80 school inspections and is a consultant to schools, Local Authorities and arts organisations. Nigel has held conducting posts with ensembles such as Birmingham Sinfonietta, Corus Brass, Harmonie ' 84 and JSVB and is particularly known for his innovative work with youth orchestras, bands and choirs, a number of which have won national and international awards.
He was founder conductor of 150-strong international youth orchestra comprised of musicians from Bolton, Le Man and Paderborn and continues a schedule as guest conductor.