Nicola is the Director of practice at The Lighthouse. She has almost 20 years’ experience in children’s social care as a frontline practitioner and manager in residential childcare, as well as roles in policy, research, strategy, practice, education and workforce development.

Before joining Lighthouse, Nicola was at the youth charity St Christopher’s, initially opening a new children’s home based on social pedagogic principles, then working across the organisation to embed social pedagogy in theory and practice at operational and strategic levels. She was also a member of the steering group which founded the Social Pedagogy Professional Association and is a graduate of the University of Oxford and London Metropolitan University.