Nick Wilkie

Former Chief Executive, National Childbirth Trust


Nick has been chief executive of the National Childbirth Trust and London Youth, a non-executive director of a range of charitable and public institutions and policy advisor to Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. He is now a full-time parent to three young children, an active trustee and an associate at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School.

Nick has always volunteered and worked in the charity sector. Leaving school, he went to live in The Simon Community, volunteering with rough sleepers in central London. After a history degree, he became a youth and community worker, working in Hackney and Easterhouse before spending five years at The National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Immediately before joining NCT, he was director of UK programmes at Save the Children and before that chief executive of London Youth, a network of 400 youth clubs and charities across the capital.

Nick has also been a non-executive director at a number of organisations including Social Enterprise UK and Futurebuilders, the social investment fund. Currently he is a trustee of The Jimmy Dixon Charitable Trust (investing in youth leadership) West London Zone (supporting children and their families) and 4All (a grassroots charity working with teenagers and older people).
Government appointments include serving on ministerial advisory boards for social enterprise and investment; and as a policy adviser to HM Treasury, Cabinet Office and Number 10.

Nick was born in Manchester, brought up in the Peak District and went to school in Shropshire and Western Australia. Now he lives in Lambeth with Becs, who works in access to justice, Harry, 8, Daisy and Tom, both 6. He likes mountains, novels and coffee. He follows football (Macclesfield Town – a triumph of hope over experience) and plays cricket badly. His all-time number-one hero is Clement Attlee.