Nigel is the author of three best selling books – 'Fat, Forty and Fired' ,‘Overworked and Underlaid' and 'Fit, Fifty and Fired-Up' , co-founder of Earth Hour (recognized as one of the most successful brand launches anywhere in the world recently) , and founder of The Sydney Skinny (both a world first and a world record). He is currently making a TV series of his first book.
Alongside his writing Nigel has a more 'conventional' career as a CEO. Since moving to Australia in 2001, after ten years at UK's leading agency AMV.BBDO, he has been responsible for a number of iconic marketing and strategy brands such as Leo Burnett, George Patterson, The Leading Edge and The Campaign Palace.

Currently CEO of Strategic Consultancy WEST82nd Nigel is an advisor to a number of the countries top business leaders. His commentary has appeared in The Financial Times, The Spectator and The Financial Review and his TED speech remains the most viewed online ever given outside America. Nigel travels widely to present his views on Leadership, Business and Life. Amongst his other roles he is busy writing his fourth book for Penguin and recording interviews with prominent public figures for his internationally acclaimed and award winning The Five of My Life podcast series

Speaking topics

There are four main areas Nigel can talk to:

  1. Dealing with Change
  2. Leadership
  3. Creativity
  4. Work/Life balance

An example title, and explanation, for each below:

1 'Surfing, not ducking, the waves'

Nigel has successfully navigated periods of enormous disruption in both his personal and professional life. He uses this experience to explain the best strategies to ensure you don’t just survive but thrive during challenging times. You can’t avoid the whitewater but you can ride it

2 'The common characteristics of all effective leaders'
Having successfully run companies in a number of different industries, and worked with hundreds of leaders across every category imaginable, Nigel has developed strong views on the characteristics of good, and bad, leaders. He explains how to get the best out of others - and yourself.

3 'How to gain an unfair advantage'
Working in one or other creative industry for over 30 years has fueled Nigel’s belief in the power of creativity to transform businesses and lives. He believes it is the most underused, yet readily accessible, tool available to all of us. He explains how.

4 'Fat, Forty and Fired’
One of the world’s most sort after authorities on the Gordian knot of work/Life balance Nigel speaks from direct experience as he breaks down the myths, and relates the lessons, of this crucial issue.


Nigel's presentation was nothing short of fantastic - a real treat for our attendees. Everyone got something out of the session. This was clearly reflected in the feedback - Nigel was unanimously rated our top presenter for the conference.

The response to Nigel was terrific. We've had Advisors and staff say they could have listened to him all day. If you would like an entertaining speaker who makes your audience laugh, think and reflect Nigel is the right choice.
- Asteron Life

Empowering and inspiring - the audience loved it! Great fun underpinned by a serious and relevant message.
- CEO Frucor

Irreverent, engaging, honest. Fabulous. One of the very best speaker sessions we have ever had.
- COO McDonalds

Nigel was simply fantastic - and a wonderfully refreshing change to the usual presentations.

The perfect end to our conference - the audience was buzzing. Great message delivered with an engaging and inspiring style. Thoroughly thought provoking, relevant and humourous.
- CEO, Ramsay Health Care

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