Nigel is a retired Detective Chief Inspector (DCI), having served both in The Metropolitan Police and latterly in Northumbria Police Force. He retired as Head of Special Branch.
As Head of Special Branch, he led on operations to counter: terrorism, espionage, domestic extremism, proliferation, border and internal security matters; and the protection of our critical national infrastructure.
Prior to this, as a DCI and a Detective Inspector he was the Senior Investigating Officer on major overt and covert investigations. This covered paedophile gangs, protection rackets and drug conspiracies. Here he worked locally, nationally, and internationally both inside and outside the European Union Area. Tactics included human and technical surveillance, informants and the deployment of undercover operatives. He had the honour to receive Judge's, and Chief Constable's Commendations for his work.
For two years he was in charge of a public protection unit, specialising in child protection, management of high risk paedophiles and combatting familial violence in all communities.
Prior to this he was in charge of one of Northumbria Police's surveillance teams for two years. For a further five years he was in charge of intelligence led major crime operations, working around the UK.
He also sat on the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) Vehicle Crime Action Group. Here he became ACPO Vehicle Crime Secretary where he represented ACPO in liaison with other national bodies such as the Home Office, the Association of British Insurers and other national trade bodies and pressure groups.
Later in service, as a result of his experience with organised crime groups, security matters and transport crime issues he was commissioned to lead on transport and supply chain projects in conjunction with transport and logistics' police forces.
Since retiring in 2011 he has employed his skills in the private and public sectors.