Nigel has lived in Eltham for many years and has been actively involved in the local community for more than a decade. He was previously elected as a Councillor in 2005 to represent Eltham North ward, and served on the Council until 2014. During this time he became Deputy Leader of the Opposition and was Shadow Cabinet Member for Culture and the Olympics, as well as being a member of the Eltham Town Centre Partnership. He is a long-standing supporter of a number of local arts and heritage groups. In his professional life he is the founder and director of the Centre for Opposition Studies,an academic research organisation.