Nikki worked for ten years within the UK food packaging supply chain in Design and Marketing managerial roles. Throughout Nikki’s time in the industry, she championed innovation to reduce the environmental impact of packaging. In 2017 Nikki started a full-time PhD at Loughborough University recently completing her thesis which focussed on consumer behaviour, the UK Food to Go packaging supply chain, and a transition to a Circular Economy.
Nikki is part of the Loughborough University team which was awarded around £1m in 2020 as part of the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge funded by UKRI, to help tackle waste plastic in the UK. The Perpetual Plastic for Food to Go project will develop, prototype, and evaluate a novel circular business model that combines smart-technology enabled products and services, and consumer behaviour insights to reduce the environmental, societal, and economic impact of food to go packaging.