General Counsel and Company Secretary
Nick was Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service in 2016 & 2017, a role where he also led a £300 million cross-government IT change programme reforming the criminal justice system. Prior to that, he was Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief External Affairs Officer of the Co-op, playing a pivotal role in saving the Co-op Bank and rescuing the group from its existential crisis in 2013 and then reforming the organisation's governance.
Nick joined the Co-op from B&Q’s owner, Kingfisher plc, where he was a member of the retail board and held a number of executive positions over the period 2007-13. He led the development of the sustainability strategy 'Net Positive' and was responsible for the Group's government affairs programme.
Nick has extensive legal and governance experience, having been General Counsel and Company Secretary in FTSE 100 businesses since 2001; originally qualifying as a solicitor at Linklaters & Paines in 1993. He is a founder and honorary life member of the industry body, the GC100.
Nick is the Senior Independent Member of the Natural Environment Research Council – the UK’s leading public funder of environmental science – a non-departmental public body, part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.