Steve Nicholls is a multi-award winning producer and director of nearly 30 years experience. He holds a PhD in entomology from the University of Bristol and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He worked as a research scientist for 6 years at the University of Bristol, dividing his time between the Zoology and Physics Departments before leaving to join the BBC’s Natural History Unit.
He spent 10 years producing films at the NHU, followed by 3 years at Partridge Films. Following that he set up Burning Gold Productions with Vicky Coules and together they ran this independent production company for nearly ten years.
Burning Gold was acquired by Barcud Derwen in 2008. In 2010 he joined Parthenon Entertainment which was subsequently acquired by BSkyB in 2012. He is now an Executive Producer with Sky Vision, a division of Sky Television.
He is also an award winning wildlife stills photographer.
In 2009 he wrote ‘Paradise Found’ for the University of Chicago Press, which collated a large series of documents from the 15th century onwards to produce a new view of the nature of North America at the time of European discovery.
He served a term of 3 years as vice-chair of the Avon Wildlife Trust, from 2009 to 2012, an organisation responsible for nature conservation across part of southwest England, and running over 30 nature reserves. He remains a trustee of the Trust.