Nick worked for most of his professional life in the voluntary sector, until his retirement in 2011. For the last twenty years he was Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Sheffield (DCA’s counterpart in Sheffield) and served for 6 years as a Trustee of the National Association for Voluntary & Community Action. His earlier career included 3 years as local groups co-coordinator for Friends of the Earth and 9 years with International Voluntary Service. He has served as a trustee on various charities, most recently as Treasurer of Village Aid, a small international development charity. He was awarded in OBE for services to the voluntary sector in 2013.