Nigel was elected to the ACRE board in November 2018. His career has been concerned with UK and international rural development issues. As an academic he founded and developed the Countryside and Community Research Institute at the University of Gloucestershire and the Royal Agricultural University from 1986 to 2012. Nigel's particular interests lie in sustainable development, the rural economy, rural social structure and rural community empowerment.
He has held many positions in public service including: Secretary of State appointment to Dartmoor National Park Authority, Trustee; Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, Trustee; Gloucestershire Development Agency Member, Rural Economic Advisory Panel; South West Regional Development Agency, Rural Research Priorities Board; South West Rural Enterprise Gateway Steering Group Member; Gloucestershire Land for People (a community land trust), Non-executive Director; Stroud Community Farm, Non-executive Director; Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, Governor; South West Rural Affairs Forum, Board member and Government Office of the South West’s Rural Advisory Panel member.
Nigel currently serves on the following bodies: Trustee, ACRE Network member Community Lincs; Chair, Good Food East Midlands Regional Food Board; Chair, Lincoln City Food Partnership; Member, NHS/PHE Midlands Sustainability Network; Member, Mint Lane Café CIC Board of Directors; Trustee, Dharmakaya Trust (promote Tibetan Buddhism and Support Tibetan Refugees); Member, Community Asset Plus Board of Directors; Member, Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Company.