Being Different & Psychological Safety

Listen to our Organisational Development Director, Ronnie Nganwa, discuss the importance of being different and psychological safety.


What Comes First? A Station or Regeneration?

Nichols’ Rebecca Collings and Simon Young have had an article published in the May issue of Rail Professional. They detail how the alignment of rail and regeneration programmes lead to successful outcomes.

To read the article, click here and refer to page 77.


Can London lead the way in AI?

Last week, Nichols’ Digital Futures Director, Bernard Fanning, joined a high-profile panel at King’s College London with BusinessLDN to discuss the potential of London becoming a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) innovation and implementation.

It was a very insightful discussion led by industry experts and thought leaders, including:

Theo Blackwell MBE (Chief Digital Officer for London, Greater London Authority)

Tariq Khan (Chief Digital and Information Officer, London Borough of Camden)

Professor Sana Khareghani (Professor of Practice, King’s College London)

Stelios Zarras (Senior Data and AI Lead, Microsoft)

Mark Hilton (Membership Director, BusinessLDN)

They delve into a range of topics, from the current state of AI technology and its application in various industries to future collaboration opportunities between businesses, academia, and government.

Bernard raised some thought-provoking, morally-focused points, prompting the question, “what kind of role models do we want to be for AI?”


Thames Water’s Programme Partner Framework

Nichols is delighted to have been appointed to Thames Water’s Programme Partner Framework to support the organisation in its ambitious plans to safeguard water security for future generations.
The UK water industry is adapting to emerging pressures of climate change, population growth and the need to manage water resources sustainably for future generations. These formidable challenges necessitate a once in generation programme of investment within the sector.
For the Programme Partner framework, Nichols has partnered with Turner & Townsend and Laing O’Rourke to combine our global knowledge in delivering major complex infrastructure programmes, each will bring specific expertise to support Thames Water to realise the programme outcomes.

Nichols has extensive experience of mobilising strategic, specialised and flexible programme partner teams. We deliver exceptional expertise working alongside the client as an extension of their team, we provide a rapid and assured way of substantially increasing their programme management capability and providing a ready source of experienced professionals.
Nichols is committed to supporting the delivery of a sustainable and viable future. We are excited about the opportunity to continue our work with Thames Water to help them to achieve major change for the better. 


Loving Variety

At Nichols we know that equity, diversity and inclusion are crucial to the success of high performing projects, programmes, businesses and societies.

That is why we created Loving Variety –

Valuing All Regardless of Identity, Experience, Title or Years.

Loving Variety is about authentically embracing difference; being positively
curious and creating environments where people can flourish and deliver their best results. It is also about proudly challenging and standing against all forms of discrimination.

Our Loving Variety mission is to ensure that the diversity of our world is reflected in business and integrated within everything we do. This is core to our Nichols vision ‘creativity to inspire and change the world’.


Commercial Strategy

Our commercial strategy approach helps our clients understand the commercial options available to deliver their specific objectives together with the risks and associated opportunities. We provide advice on the appropriate organisation to have in place to allow our clients to manage their project or programme to a successful commercial conclusion. In complex projects and programmes, disputes can arise despite the best efforts of all parties, and, where this occurs, we can assist as advocates of the client’s case, Expert Witnesses or as informal arbitrators. To learn more about our Commercial Strategy offering, please contact


National Storytelling Week

To celebrate National Storytelling Week, we thought we would briefly share the story of Nichols.

Mike Nichols founded Nichols in 1975 in order ‘to give himself the perfect job’. Alongside his daughters, Frances and Kathryn Nichols, Mike grew Nichols, the family business and business family, to become the unique company it is today. Sadly, Mike passed away on 3 December 2013.

Mike was an entrepreneur and an exceptional leader, who had humility, kindness and positivity, and set an example to us all. His philosophy was to be absolutely determined from the outset to achieve wholly successful projects every time. Mike’s spirit lives on through the family business and the business family.

Frances and Kathryn have built on the foundations and legacy of Nichols to develop a unique approach to supporting the delivery of world class projects. They bring together teams of experts, with diversity of thought and expertise, in service of helping their clients to succeed.

Through the establishment of the Nichols Award, Frances and Kathryn have brought to life their vision of “creativity to inspire and change the world”; creating an opportunity to identify, showcase and support people and projects focussed on making a real and enduring difference. More information regarding this year’s award will be announced soon.


Operating Model Optimisation

We support clients in reviewing and improving their operating models across all layers; organisation, process, technology and governance. To find out more about what Nichols can do for you, contact us at



Fostering a Sustainable Future

At Nichols, we are deeply committed to fostering a sustainable future for our planet and future generations.

We believe that embracing innovative thinking and cultivating collaborative approaches are pivotal in successfully achieving our net zero targets.

It is imperative that we wholeheartedly dedicate ourselves to these principles without delay.

Together, the commitments we make today can see us through to a brighter tomorrow.



The UN’s COP28 climate change summit starts today. It’s a crucial event where global leaders discuss solutions to tackle climate challenges. Now, more than ever, we must to come together and take action to create a sustainable future for both the planet and future generations.

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