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Nicholas finished his full RAF career in 2011 having been responsible for all of the Service’s combat support operations, retiring as an Air Vice-Marshal. Subsequently, he ran a UK railway projects business. His enthusiasm for mountaineering and climbing started whilst at school. Since then, amongst a number of mountaineering activities, he was a Mountain Rescue Officer on the RAF Leuchars Mountain Rescue Team. Additionally, he was responsible for the highly successful British Services’ Makalu Expedition in 2008, whose achievements included putting 3 Service personnel on the summit of the world’s fifth highest mountain.

Nicholas maintains his interest in Services’ mountaineering as the Honorary President of the RAF Mountaineering Association, having been President previously; he is a keen rock climber. He supports the Ulysses Trust – a charity supporting expeditions for all the UK Reserve and Cadet Forces - as the Chairman of Trustees and Executive Chairman. Nicholas held the President’s mantle of the British Mountaineering Council, mountaineering’s national governing body.