Born in Shoreham in Sussex, Nigel went to school at Brighton College. Nigel has a Bsc (Hons) Social Sciences from the University of Bradford and an MA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham. Nigel also has a Diploma in Logistics and has worked for Xerox since 2005. Nigel moved to Ealing in 1994 and has lived in Hanwell since 1999. Nigel was the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Ealing Southall in the 2005 General Election, in the 2007 by-election and again in the 2010 General Election. Nigel was elected as a councillor for Elthorne ward in 2010 until May 2014.