Nicola Willis is a List MP based in Wellington and is National’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education, having entered Parliament in April 2018.
Prior to becoming an MP Nicola had a successful career spanning the private and public sectors. After graduating Nicola worked as a researcher and policy adviser for then Opposition education spokesperson the Rt Hon Bill English. Nicola went on to serve as a senior advisor to the Rt Hon Sir John Key, as a member of his winning 2008 campaign team and during his first term as Prime Minister.
Nicola left the Prime Minister’s office in 2012 to pursue her career at dairy co-operative Fonterra. She was motivated to improve her understanding of New Zealand agribusiness and what it takes for Kiwi exporters to succeed on the world stage. Nicola was promoted through a number of roles at Fonterra, including a stint as Director of Global Stakeholder Affairs, with responsibility for Fonterra’s trade strategy. In her final role as GM Nutrient Management, Nicola led a large operational team working to improve the environmental performance of Fonterra-owned farms throughout New Zealand.
Nicola has served on the Boards of Export NZ and the New Zealand Initiative. She has a first-class Honours degree in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington and a post-graduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Canterbury. She was a successful University debater, captaining New Zealand teams, winning numerous national tournaments and competing around the world.
Nicola is a member of Parliament’s Education and Workforce and Regulations Review Select Committees and is a committed “Bluegreen”.