Nick Daines holds a BA / BSc Literature & Psychology – MA studies Security & Intelligence, as well as being a consultant Intervention Provider to the Home Office, right-wing extremism expert and online safety trainer. Nick has extensive experience working with challenging behaviour, in both psychiatric and secure care environments, specialising in gang violence and ideological extremism over the last 12 years. As part of his role within a young offender’s unit, Nick jointly developed creative learning, offending behaviour and intervention packages, which were nationally recognised by Central government and social charities.
As part of his role in countering violent extremism, Nick provides 1-1 mentoring to vulnerable individuals at risk of radicalisation, focusing on safeguarding, providing opportunity and disengagement from potentially harmful action. He has provided threat analysis of extreme right and far right groups to Central Government, Police, Local Authorities and European NGO’s. He has worked closely with National CT HQ, NHS Trusts, the British Army, Child Protection boards and the Home Office among others. Nick is a confident and engaging presenter and thrives on interaction with the audience, using a range of interactive content to encourage constructive discussion.
Nick is passionate about improving awareness around the constantly evolving threat of online radicalisation, emphasising behavioural factors and similarities of grooming. With a firm belief that innovative approaches to education achieve long-term results, Nick has developed projects such as the award winning “Safer Frontiers” film series, a Leicestershire based youth driven initiative. These films, which tackle four aspects of online safety and radicalisation, are currently being promoted in schools across the UK. He is a confident speaker and has delivered various media projects for ITV and BBC as well as various interviews for TV and Radio, including a contribution to “Understanding Prevent” with David Anderson QC.
Growing up in London has been an incredibly important part of Nick’s life experiences and having the opportunity to study in Manchester during the 1990s created a strong bond with regions further North, as well as a continued passion for music. Recent post-graduate studies in Buckingham also contribute to a strong desire for continued awareness in global security issues. Having lived in the Central American country of Costa Rica for four years, Nick also speaks Spanish, badly.