Nik Darlington is a journalist, editor and historian. He began his career as a management consultant with German firm Simon-Kucher & Partners in London. He worked at board level with major clients across a number of sectors including higher education and media, advising universities prior to the tuition fees reforms and newspapers as they sought ways to set up online paywalls.
Wanting a change of direction and an academic interlude, Nik spent a year reading and writing history in the company of Andrew Fletcher, Edmund Burke, Sir Robert Peel and Richard Cobden. Amidships, he stumbled across the true tale of the preservation of Richmond Hill, which is being turned into his first historical novel.
As a journalist, Nik has written for the The Spectator, The Huffington Post, the Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Total Politics on a salmagundi of subjects including politics, universities, the environment, literature and sport.
He is also the editor of Egremont, the current affairs blog of the TRG, voted fifth best conservative blog less than a year after its founding. He was also voted one of the most influential bloggers in Britain, which should probably put all other results under serious scrutiny (not least, as a friend pointed out, after some voters described him as ‘right wing’).
Nik has worked in the House of Commons, as a rugby coach in South Africa, and as a scuba diving instructor in Australia and Samoa. To wind down, he takes bookings for children's birthday parties and corporate events for impersonations of stars of politics and sport. He speaks French, comprehends enough Italian to survive after his car breaks at the top of a mountain in Puglia, and pretends to know Afrikaans. Natuurlik.