Born in Orrell, Nr. Wigan in Lancashire, Nigel started his career as a Plant Fitter for Massey Ferguson. During this time a colleague he worked with was a seasoned traveller who used talk of his travels around the world. From these conversations Nigel got the urge to travel so set off for a year travelling around Europe and North Africa.
In North Africa Nigel became ill and had to rely on friends to pay his way. His friends then recommended that if he wanted to keep travelling but get paid for it, he should join the oilfield. He applied for various jobs and got offered two. He chose to work for Schlumberger (then Flopetrol) in Cabinda in West Africa, and that was the start of his oilfield career. When Schlumberger lost their Contract in Cabinda he transferred back home and the North Sea. He spent a year in Aberdeen, then transferred to Gt. Yarmouth at the time Flopetrol were setting up an office again. He spent three years in Gt. Yarmouth before having a very serious motor cycle accident, which resulted in him being off work for one year and ultimately ended his career with Schlumberger.
After recovering from this accident he started his own business sand blasting and painting from which he successfully made a living for 12 years. However the oil industry in Gt. Yarmouth was slowing down drastically with a lot of major players going back to Aberdeen, resulting in the work for his business drying up. At this point, in April 2001 he came back to oilfield service work. Another friend recommended him to join the Wellwise Group as a Contract Well Test Supervisor.
The early 80’s travel bug has always stayed with him, and Nigel takes every opportunity to travel with work and also in his free time. He is aiming for the “100 Club” (100 countries visited), at the moment he is up to 76!! He has flown over 1,000,000 kilometres; and visited 79 rigs (This puts trainspotting into perspective – don’t you think!!)
His most memorable place is Macchu Picchu in Peru where he visited a couple of years ago, and fell in love with South America in general.
After visiting New Zealand to visit his wife’s family last year, Nigel decided that he would like to visit the four corners of the earth, so planned a holiday in Tierra del Fuego – 60 miles from Cape Horn in South America, the closest mainland place to Antarctica.
Nigel has recently returned from this trip to Argentina, and Tierra del Fuego. This choice was also influenced by his wife who worked on the Charles Darwin Project at Cambridge University Library, since then she has always wanted to visit this area which includes the Beagle Channel.
Nigel likes to just book his flights, and make up his route when he gets there. He talks to people he meets and listens to recommendations of the best places to go.
So where for 2008 Nigel?