Nikki was raised as a missionary kid in the jungles of West Papua amongst the stone age Dani tribe. During her secondary school years she went to boarding school in Papua New Guinea before later returning to the UK.
After studying visual communications at university, she switched from being a volunteer leading worship in her local prison and joined the prison service where she has now worked for nearly 18 years. She has worked in some of England’s busiest prisons - most notably HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey, and HMP Pentonville in Islington. She is currently Governor at HMP Woodhill, a high security prison leading a team of around 800 staff and agency workers.
Nikki went on to complete a Masters in Criminology and Management at the University of Cambridge. Her research into knife crime was published as a book called 'Why carry a weapon?’ and referenced in the House of Commons.
She is passionate about seeing people equipped and raised up to lead and influence in every area of society. She sits on the Council of Reference of OneLife and is a trustee of Charis Tiwala.