Nigel with four future leaders, who have each worked with him as interns and helped him with the future leaders fund.
Nigel with four future leaders, who have each worked with him as interns and helped him with the future leaders fund.

Nigel Cushion – bio

Nigel Cushion has a lifelong interest in leadership and in helping leaders grow. He works mainly now as a mentor to senior leaders and a leadership speaker.

He has mentored hundreds of leaders ranging from business owner managers to senior executives in blue chip companies. He also the founder and chairman of a social impact mentoring business Nelsonspirit in his local community, as well as the founder of a trust fund to encourage young people to grow as leaders.

His speaking is inspired by his own experience delivering performance in business, and by his interest and enthusiasm for history.

Peer Mentoring

Peer mentoring is where leaders mentor each other. Nigel is the founder and leader of Nelsonspirit, an innovative community of Chief Executives and Managing Directors, from businesses, charities and public service. 

Peer mentor

Nigel has had a varied career starting as an accountant with KPMG, and then working in education before coming into business. He has significant personal experience as a leader himself. In the last decade he has held nine senior NED board roles, including six as Chairman. He is the former runner-up in the UK Non-Executive Director of the Year awards run by The Sunday Times. His work has been cited as best practice by the Bank of England, HM Treasury, and the Institute of Directors. His personal leadership experience also includes 25 years in the voluntary sector as a Scout leader and youth sports coach, leading in the community as well as leading in business. Nigel lives in Norwich, England, with his family, and has published three books.

Simon and Nigel, CEO and Chairman of The Great British Banjo Co.
Simon and Nigel, CEO and Chairman of The Great British Banjo Co.

Support for leaders by leaders

Nelsonspirit is a social impact business, based in Norfolk, England. The crew meet six times a year for peer support, development and encouragement. Inspired by Admiral Nelson’s unique leadership approach, the emphasis is on ‘close engagement’ and ‘helping others’ as a method of personal development for leaders.

Peer mentor