Nicola’s background is varied and has been mainly in event, project management and marketing roles with the local authority and Canterbury Christ Church University and more recently Hartsdown Academy. Her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm has been invaluable in her roles. As Events Officer at Thanet District Council, Nicola managed numerous International Cross Country Championships which attracted top athletes including Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram and Roger Black.
She was also involved in the International Hockey Festival which used to attract over 100 teams. Nicola along with her husband Dave introduced beach volleyball to Kent via the national beach volleyball grand prix events and was also a member of the National Beach Volleyball Commission. They also organised beach volleyball tournaments on the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth. Nicola also organised the Thanet Sports Fair and was involved in a launch event of the Thanet Cycle Strategy.
More recently Nicola was Project co-ordinator for an extended school’s partnership called Quartet in the Community, which was originally set up in 2005 as an extended schools pilot project in conjunction with Kent County Council. The partnership was so successful that it was held up as good practice both locally and nationally. The model was eventually rolled out across the district. The role involved engaging disadvantaged and disengaged young people and their families into positive activities and experiences. Nicola set up a community allotment and youth club as well as organising hundreds of family learning activities including family day trips to London, craft events, summer schools and after school provision.