Nicola is a third-term city councillor, having been first elected in 2013. She is an independent councillor for the central city Pukehīnau Lambton Ward. She leads the portfolios of Arts, Culture and Events; Civic and Global Partnerships; and Central City Projects.
Nicola wants Wellington to be a vibrant and affordable city, with core services delivered well. She is particularly proud of her work on the CBD laneway upgrades and the heritage plaques initiative.
Nicola was born and raised in Wellington. She initially trained and worked as a journalist here, then spent 20 years in England where she raised her family and worked in London's financial markets. On her return to Wellington in 1996, she established a political strategy and communications consultancy advising PHARMAC and several politicians; she also specialised in writing public policy documents such as New Zealand's first biosecurity strategy. For 12 years she wrote feature articles for a local magazine, often using her extensive knowledge of Wellington, and she was on the St James Theatre Trust for several years.
Nicola lives in Mount Victoria. She has two adult children (a son in Wellington and a daughter in London) and one grandson (in London). She has had a life-long love of music and contemporary art, has travelled extensively, and enjoys cooking and entertaining her friends. She has completed six of New Zealand's Great Walks.