Nigel commenced as a lecturer in criminology at Solent University in September 2017, having retired as a Detective Sergeant with 25 years of police service.
In the last 15 years of his service he spent 11 years investigating the sexual and physical abuse of children and served his last four-and-a-half years’ service running a team that focussed on safeguarding the public by managing the risks posed by violent and sexual offenders in the community. He was also a 'tier 5 interview manager', which is the highest level of training, skill, and accreditation available in the UK for suspect and witness interviewing.
Nigel is an accredited specialist child abuse investigator and was registered with the Home Office in the UK as a Professional Child Abuse Investigator until retirement. In 2008 he completed two years of study focussed on the psychology of child sex abusers’ offending to gain a PGC in Behavioural Forensic Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire.
In 2013, Nigel completed his MSc in Criminology and Criminal Psychology from Portsmouth University with his dissertation identifying the usefulness of recognised child sex offending theories and models being adapted for police suspect interviews. In 2016 he gained a PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Winchester University and was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University where he is a member of the Centre Of Forensic Interviewing research group chaired by Professor Becky Milne.