Nicola's career started as a librarian for the University of Southampton. She then studied for a BSc in Environmental Protection at Bournemouth University. After graduating, Nicola worked as a Planning Technician for Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC), working up to Senior Planner in the Major Applications Team. Nicola left EBC after ten years, to gain experience of the private sector planning and worked for Vail Williams as a Planning Consultant for around a year. Nicola then joined Coastal Partners so that she could use her environmental degree as well as planning experience.