Centre Manager, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies


Nick graduated from the University of Manchester in 1990 as a Civil Engineer and worked in the construction industry before joining the Royal Engineers in 1995. Over a 22 year career he served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Highlights include commanding the UK’s Bomb Disposal and High Risk Search School, commanding the Royal Engineer Regiment in Scotland and Northern Ireland and, his final tour, leading the Career Management branch for some 1,500 Sapper officers. As part of his Advanced Command and Staff training Nick completed a Kings College London MA in Defence Studies in 2010.

Retiring from the Army in 2017 he developed a smallholding just outside St Andrews, including two holiday cottages, and took on the modernisation and management of the Royal Engineers Officers’ Widows Society and associated charity. Established in 1785, the Society provides financial support to the dependents of deceased Sapper officers.

Nick joined the Centre for Energy Ethics team in January 2024.

Nick lives with his three rugby-mad sons and leads Madras Rugby Club’s Youth Rugby programme. He is a passionate triathlete, sub-aqua diving instructor, skier and generally loves being on a hill, in a bike saddle or in or on the water.