Nick is the Managing Director of Woolley, a private company and Enrolled Practice of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. Woolley specialises in fund asset management for city property funds and the management of sustainable development projects, meeting community needs; he is currently responsible for over 40 projects in the UK.
Prior to this Nick was Managing Director of Landmatch PLC and was Chief Land Agent to Prudential Corporation for twelve years, responsible for 85,000 acres and, latterly, also Director of Administration for its £5 billion Property Division. He was Chairman of Beaver Securities Limited, Prudential Corporation’s in-hand farming company and was a Director from 1981 to 2005.
Nick was a Trustee of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) 2002 – 2008. Currently, he represents financial institutions on the Environment Sub-committee of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA). He was also chairman of the CLA Suffolk branch (1999 – 2001). He is a founding Trustee of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (1999 – present) and a member of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and the Academy of Urbanism.
Nick was a member of the Council of English Nature for nine years (1993 – 2002) and was also a Board Member of the Harwich Haven Authority for three years (1999 – 2001). He was also chairman of Freckenham’s Local Agenda 21 Steering Group.
In 1991-2 Nick was President of the Rural Practice Division of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, when his main themes were improving the awareness of Surveyors in property finance, business management and also their understanding of environmental issues. He initiated and chaired the joint RICS and Environment Agency Steering Research into Comprehensive Project Appraisal (CPA). CPA is a methodology for central and local government, companies and private individuals to assess the environmental, social and economic effects of projects and processes.
Nick was recently appointed by the University of Oxford to the External Advisory Board for their MSc course in Sustainable Urban Development. He often gives lectures on various planning and sustainability issues around the country including other leading Universities, specialising in the subject.