Managing Director, Festivals and Events International and delivering the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.
Nick is Managing Director of Festivals and Events International and FEI Consulting. Created by senior executives of the Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals in 2007, FEI is a specialist consultancy company providing advice and project management for public agencies wishing to use festivals and large-scale public events to meet their social, cultural or economic objectives.
Last year he was seconded to LOCOG, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, as chief operating officer of the London 2012 Festival, the twelve-week nationwide finale to the Cultural Olympiad, celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This was the largest UK-wide festival ever staged with over 13,000 performances across the country generating around 20m attendances.
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 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 Festival Centre - a highly successful Lottery funded project, which was opened by HM the Queen in July 1999.
Nick is past Chairman of the British Arts Festivals Association and a past Chairman of the International Festival and Events Association - Europe, a member of the Home Office Arts and Entertainment Task Force and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.