Nicola grew up in Mosgiel and returned home to Dunedin in 2003 with her husband and two sons, after spending almost 20 years living in the UK.
Nicola loves people and places and studied planning at the University of Otago. She led a partnership delivering urban regeneration projects alongside the River Thames when she was in London. This included working on some pretty cool infrastructure projects such as the landmark Millennium bridge, but for Nicola the really satisfying part was working with the communities on environmental and social programmes. This was Nicola’s first real involvement with the voluntary sector, with Groundwork London one of the key partners. She now works in public housing in a community focussed role.
Nicola sees volunteering as a great way to give back to the community. She is particularly interested in supporting young people to volunteer as a way of building connections and developing life skills and confidence for work. She hopes to volunteer overseas once she retires from full time work