Having grown up in the Riverland, Nicola is a fierce advocate for rural and regional South Australia. Prior to her election into the Legislative Council Nicola worked as a Senior Veterinarian at the Riverland Veterinary Clinic (a mixed veterinary practice servicing both small and large animal medicine and surgery). She was also a director of Winkie Heights Pty Ltd, a 120-acre property of citrus and grapes. In addition, with her husband and his family, she assisted in running Bella Lavender Estate, a local tourism attraction in the Riverland. She is a wife and mother of three children - Anna, Lucia and Angus. Given her background, Nicola understands the pressures facing regional South Australia, families and small businesses.
Nicola has been a long term volunteer for the Liberal Party in South Australia holding many administrative roles. Nicola was the Federal Chairman of the Liberal Rural and Regional Committee from 2019 until her election into the Legislative Council and was Chairman of the South Australian Rural and Regional Council from 2016 until 2019. Prior to this she held the role of Vice President on State Executive for three years and was the fifth candidate for the Legislative Council in the 2014 State Election.
Nicola has always had strong ties with her local community in the Riverland. She is a trainer for her local football club, the Berri Demons, and has been involved in a number of community organisations such as the Berri Community Childcare Centre, Berri Barmera Local Action Planning (LAP) and Berri Barmera Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC).