Nicholas is a leading authority on environmental approvals and environmental management in the coastal and marine environment. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner and currently sits on the committee of the North Queensland Division of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Nicholas has a background in complex major project approvals and environmental impact assessment. Nicholas is highly experienced in dredging, aquaculture, water quality, marine ecology, natural resource management and environmental impact assessment. While at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Nicholas has managed some of the highest profile projects in Queensland including: Abbot Point Capital Dredging Project, Guthalungra Aquaculture Project (largest prawn farm in Australia), Gladstone Channel Duplication Project, and Cairns Shipping Development Project. More recently Nicholas has been involved in the early stages of the Lindeman Island Great Barrier Reef Resort project, a $600 million redevelopment of the Lindeman Island Resort.
Nicholas has sat on multiple technical advisory committees and is an expert in the analysis of sediment quality for dredge material disposal in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.