Nicola has taught in all sectors of education, from early childhood to tertiary, including in the New Zealand prison system. She is currently the principal at Spotswood College and the chairperson of The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Nicola is passionate about disrupting the educational norm through transformative leadership and being TeTiriti O Waitangi led and future focused. In 2013, she received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award as a result of transformative work at Tamatea High School. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Taranaki Daily News Person of the Year for transformative work at Patea Area School (with the school receiving the National UNESCO award for Education - Global Citizenship 2018).
In 2019 Nicola was appointed to the Toi Foundation, an organisation that does philanthropic work throughout Taranaki.