Nigel was brought up in the New Forest and graduated from Reading University with a degree in maths. After teaching maths for seven years in Guildford, he followed a calling into the Church and studied theology at Trinity College Bristol. He spent three years as a curate at the town centre church of St Martin's in Epsom and then went to Christ Church Portswood (Highfield) in Southampton, where he worked with many of the student population. From there he went on to become the senior Anglican chaplain at the University of Southampton and Southampton Institute for Higher Education (now Southampton Solent University).
Nigel became Priest in Charge at Christ Church, Freemantle in 1997 and was appointed Rector in 2000
In 2005 he was appointed by the Bishop of Southwell as a canon residentiary with particular responsibility for pastoral care.
Talking about the appointment, the Bishop of Southwell, Rt Rev George Cassidy, said: "I'm delighted that we will have someone who is mature and experienced in ministry, and having held a post as senior chaplain at the University of Southampton, he will bring fresh energy and vision to the ministry and mission of the cathedral."
"We are looking forward to being part of the life and work of the Minster," Nigel said on receiving the appointment. "It is an inspiring place of worship and an exciting opportunity to share in its mission. In our present culture, cathedrals and places of pilgrimage seem to have a renewed importance. We look forward to all the opportunities Southwell offers as a place where people can discover a space for God."
He was installed at Southwell Minster during a service of Evensong at 5.45pm on 9 April 2005.