Nicola is Vice-Provost International at UCL where she is responsible for UCL’s global engagement strategy.
As Vice-Provost (International), Nicola is responsible for UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy: London’s Global University working with partners to achieve fair solutions to global challenges. She supervises one of UCL’s four Schools, the Institute of Education.
Before joining UCL in May 2014, Nicola was a British diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was British High Commissioner to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland from May 2009 to September 2013.
She joined the board of the Department for International Development in 2002 as Director General Regional Programmes, and moved back to the FCO as Director General Europe in 2004. She became the first Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in March 2007, a role she held until May 2009.
She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2011 Birthday Honours List.