Institute Fellow and Associate Profile
Nicholas is a highly experienced and expert consultation, engagement and public and stakeholder involvement practitioner. He initially made his name as a specialist in involving the seldom heard (2002). His ever-increasing spectrum of knowledge led to him becoming Programme (Managing) Director of the Consultation Institute (2017-19). His expertise extends beyond process to a detailed appreciation of what might be lawful, based on the study of legislation and case law.
He is one of a select few practitioners who develop new approaches to public involvement. Nicholas is the originator of the five-phase approach, is a pioneer of public hearings and is the driving force behind best practice in continuous engagement/involvement. He was an early advocate of online engagement and has extensive knowledge of using different online engagement techniques for greater inclusivity and better participation.