Nicki is an Internationally Registered Sports Physiotherapy specialist and a Professor at Cardiff University. She has worked extensively with both the Welsh and British teams at Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. She is also a Consultant Physiotherapist for the Welsh Rugby Players Association.

Her academic role includes leading a MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy as well as research into rehabilitation following sports injury. Nicki was previously President of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine. Her research, publication and lecturing areas include the effects of injury on motor control and measurement of functional recovery following sports injury in general and specifically knee injuries, as well as leadership principles and assessing expertise for selecting large teams.