Nicky has a BA (Government), an MPA (Master’s Degree in Public Affairs, specialising in public management) and a PhD (Education Leadership). Nicky is a specialist in non-profit management, community development practices, and educational leadership. She is passionate about combining goodwill and sound strategic management practices in the non-profit arena. Nicky enjoys reading a wide variety of topics, research, writing, music and watching her son play sports. She is married to Drew Patterson, and has one son Thomas, a past pupil of Uplands.