Nick has extensive experience in policy research and government policymaking, in the UK and internationally. He is an author and regular commentator on public policy in broadcast and print media, and writes on a wide range of issues, from social justice, public service reform and identity politics to the changing nature of political leadership.
Nick was formerly Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), where he led a team of over 45 staff producing public policy research in the key areas of public services, economic reform, the welfare state, migration, energy and environment and politics and power. He co-edits the IPPR journal of ideas Juncture.
Nick has also been Head of the No10 Downing St. Policy Unit, with responsibility for the formulation of policy advice to the Prime Minister. He led and managed the work of the Prime Minister’s 13 policy advisers, co-ordinating policy development across government departments and liaising with external stakeholders.
He has also worked as special advisor in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and former Department for Education and Employment. Nick was formerly chair of the advisory board to the UK Chief Scientist's Foresight Programme and served on the Equalities Review and the Teaching & Learning 2020 Review. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, sits on the board of the RIBA, and is a member of the UK-India Roundtable and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's Diplomatic Excellence Panel. He is chair of trustees at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.