After graduating from The University of Sheffield in 1977 Nicholas joined Trusthouse Forte as a graduate trainee in their Group Supplies division, and has been involved in the food industry ever since.
After leaving Trusthouse Forte in 1985 Nicholas was appointed General Manager and Sales Director of Kanes Foods, a prepared salad and vegetable manufacturer being heavily involved in building the UK prepared salad/vegetable market from original concept to a mainstream produce category, and in the introduction of a range of innovative new products such as meal solutions combining protein and raw vegetable ingredients, chilled stir fry sauces and salad dressings, and ready cooked noodles.
In 1995 he was appointed as Managing Director of Kentish Garden Marketing – the new in house marketing company of Kentish Gardens, the UK berry growers co-operative. Here he oversaw the companies growth from its original £18 million turnover in 1996 to a 2017 turnover in excess of £340 million and profit from £100 thousand pa to over £10 million pa, becoming one of the UKs largest co-operatives and fresh produce companies in the process.
Since standing down from the full time role of CEO of Berry Gardens in 2017 Nicholas has retained his involvement in the produce and food industry, in addition to his role at Openfield Nicholas serves as Chairman of the UK berry industry trade body British Summer Fruits, as a non-executive director of large scale berry growers Hugh Lowe Farms, as Chairman of start-up vegetable crisp manufacturer Growers Garden, and also as a non-executive director of field vegetable co-operative East of Scotland Growers.