Nick trained in the Eye Department at Newcastle General Hospital, before qualifying as an optometrist in 1990. He then worked for several years at a practice in Gateshead while continuing his hospital work. After this, he moved to the Caribbean and practiced in Trinidad for two years. On returning to the United Kingdom, he worked in several independent practices in the Northeast before opening Croft & Graves Optometrists in 2009.
In 2014, following a placement at the Eye Emergency department of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, Nick qualified as an independent prescribing optometrist; an enhanced qualification which allows him to treat anterior eye conditions. Being a Medical Optometrist means that he can prescribe and treat directly, without a referral and this has been fundamental to the way eye care clinical services have been delivered at Croft and Graves Optometrists. Nick has a clinical interest in anterior eye problems, contact lenses, medical retina conditions and eye care in children.
Nick, who lives in Humshaugh, enjoys cycling, walking the dog, and spending time with his family.