Nicole holds a Master of National Security Policy (Advanced) with First Class Honours from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Arts (Government and International Relations and Socio-Legal Studies) from the University of Sydney. She participated in the international student exchange program at the University of Alberta, Canada and received the International Student Exchange Scholarship from the University of Sydney. She was a member of the Future Strategic Leaders Program at the Institute for Regional Security and participated in an Australian Institute for International Affairs masterclass on intelligence led by Allan Gyngell AO. She is a former sailor in the Royal Australian Navy.
Nicole loves to cook and explore different Canberra cafes and restaurants and travelling to new places. She enjoys taking advantage of Canberra winters to ski and reading about international security issues.