Nigel was raised in the constituency and attended Camblesforth Primary followed by Selby High School. He left school aged 17 and early in his career was made redundant. Because of this, he was inspired to set up his first business aged 26. He started his telecommunications company from scratch with a £20 a week Enterprise Allowance Scheme Government grant and the company grew successfully year on year and the company was acquired by a PLC in 1999.
Nigel conceived the idea for and has organised the Annual Selby District Jobs Fair since 2011, matching prospective employers with employees. Since 2010, unemployment in Nigel's constituency has fallen by over 64%.
In Autumn 2013, Nigel gained praise from the Chancellor for successfully leading the campaign to restore the concessionary coal allowance to retired coal miners, who had their allowance stopped following the collapse of UK Coal and was instrumental in the Government’s response to the 2015 floods and the restoration of Tadcaster Bridge.
Nigel has a keen interest in several policy areas including Business, Energy, Culture, Media and Sport. He is currently a member of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee and speaks up on issues ranging from secondary ticketing and touting to intellectual property and artist remuneration. He also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biomass and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music and is Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.
Nigel enjoys participating in sport and has played cricket, football and rugby for the Lords and Commons teams and also enjoys playing darts.