Nicola spent many years living abroad working for Shell in the international oil and gas business. A chartered engineer, she has developed and implemented strategy, partnered with government in Denmark and Norway and led business improvement programmes.
Ever since she was the first women in Scotland to earn a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering, she has consistently championed diversity through mentoring and challenging the status quo. She led teams running the UK’s iconic Brent field and Norway’s giant Ormen Lange development.
Nicola is Chair of the Strategy Advisory Board at Heriot-Watt University’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering and a director of Arts&Business Scotland, Edinburgh Printmakers and the Scottish Oil Club. Nicola and her husband live in the Scottish Borders. They have three children, all now grown-up.