Policy & Communications Consultancy

For 20 years I’ve provided my expertise in writing, communications and policy services for corporates, government, start-ups and the third sector.  My background includes running a consultancy business, providing senior level advice to senior ministers and officials in the UK and Australian Governments.  I’ve been lucky enough to work at an international level with World Health Organisation, The Global Fund, the Gates Foundation and the World Bank to name a few.

My particular interest lies in the capacity for social impact.  Two of my current projects are around reducing financial exclusion for the many people in our society who have experienced mental health problems.  The second major, global project I am working on is by an organisation with the objective of impacting on social isolation and loneliness, providing a space for everyone to belong. 

My unique mix of writing, communications, policy and politics gives me invaluable experience in taking part in projects, organisations and campaigns for whom social impact is their primary objective.

My capacity to work with people from all backgrounds and communicate their messages is one of my strengths, as is my ability to translate complex or technical information for a broader audience.

If you need someone with a hybrid set of skills, who can hit the ground running in any policy area or organisation, with a demonstrated capacity for reliability, delivery, creativity and flexibility contact me.

Testimonials

'Nicole has recently been supporting the FCA's RegTech team in delivering their vulnerable consumer agenda. Given the uncertain nature of the programme, Nicole was always flexible and supported the programme by delivering a varied portfolio, including communications, event, policy and programme support.  Nicole is able to get quickly up to speed and became knowledgeable quickly, adding value and insight from previous roles. A great addition to any team if you are looking for a knowledgeable and flexible resource.' Shelley Cross,  Senior RegTech Associate, FCA
‘Nicole is a concept to delivery communications expert. From our initial approach to her she immersed herself in understanding our brand, our values and our industry. Our offerings are very specific to many strands of diversity and inclusion with all of their individual values and needs. Nicole worked up some thought provoking and on trend blogs that gave our customers a call to action to engage more with us and ultimately buy our workshops. She is fast, clever and results driven. We highly recommend her for all your intelligent engagement comms.’  Mairi McHaffie, Director, SceneChange
‘Nicole is an extremely able professional, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. She is highly adept at building effective and sustainable relationships with a range of partners across the private, public and third sectors. Nicole is dedicated and highly organised, and has a pragmatic and solution-focused approach which guarantees impact from the projects she leads.’  Lisa Belletty, Health & Wellbeing Programmes Advisor, GLA
'Nicole came on board to head up our communications and stakeholder management.  This has been a critical period in the development of ivo and has resulted in us being successful in our bid to take-over Do-it.  Nicole has been a pivotal resource during this period and has led on sensitive communications and stakeholder management during what is a significant period of change for key stakeholders in the sector. I would thoroughly recommend Nicole.'  Jamie Ward-Smith, CEO ivo.org & Do-it.org 
'Nicole’s work includes the development of high-level policy papers on social issues, through research, community consultation and policy analysis.  Such policy papers are presented to community decision maker, including Ministers of the Crown and heads of government departments as part of the organisation’s advocacy for better policies and programmes to assist low income and disadvantaged groups in our community.  Nicole’s work is of a high standard and reflects her communications skills.'  Shawn Boyle, Executive Director, WACOSS