Starting life in a family owned glasshouse business, Nigel was educated at Writtle College and began his career with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries for Scotland.

Nigel moved to a senior management role within Heinz and progressed his career in the role of Managing Director of a potato packing business which he converted into a limited company, expanding the customer base to include major multiples and manufacturers. Nigel was subsequently Managing Director of a leading vegetable co-operative focusing on the production of fresh and prepared products produced at multi-site locations supporting sales to major retailers, food service and manufacturing sectors.

Nigel joined the Fresh Produce Consortium as Chief Executive in May 2004. Nigel is also a director of the European fresh produce trade association, Freshfel, and member of the Board of New Covent Garden Market Authority.