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.

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

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.