Nigel retired from the Diplomatic Service in 2014.  His last posting (2010-2014) was in Stanley, as Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.  His previous postings include Ambassador to Estonia (2003-2007) and Consul-General in Basra (2008-2009).

During Nigel’s time in Stanley he worked to bring together environmental work in the South Atlantic, as a founding director of the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI).  This has proved valuable in developing areas of shared interest, most notably on Geographic Information Systems and fisheries conservation.  His major environmental concern was South Georgia, establishing one of the world’s largest MPAs, and pushing forward, in conjunction with the South Georgia Heritage Trust, one of the most ambitious habitat restorations ever undertaken anywhere.

Nigel has an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation from Bournemouth University.  This focused on habitat requirements for specialist butterfly species which had become victims of environmental degradation. He wrote the species action plan for the Falklands fritillary, the Falklands’ only resident butterfly.  He is working with Bournemouth University, Butterfly Conservation, SAERI and Falklands Conservation to see how that can best be implemented.

Nigel lives in Corfe Castle in Dorset, in the centre of the most biologically diverse 10 kilometre square in Britain. He is currently undertaking research into reasons for the decline of the Lulworth skipper butterfly.