Nicki Shields ditched a career in the City to present from the pit lane. This is motor sport, but not as you know it...

Nicki Shields, a 31-year-old self-proclaimed “science communicator”, studied Biological Sciences at Bristol University and originally wanted to work in production for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. But a stint in the City- she did an internship that led to a job with the kind of money she couldn’t turn down- derailed her plans for a while. Shields found herself an agent who sorted her out with a show reel and “loads of meetings”. A presenting job on BBC one’s Escape to the Country followed, and then daily online reports on the Willis Resilience Expedition to Antarctica, which investigated climate change and sustainability – both subjects she is passionate about. “One of the reports we did for the expedition was on the future of electric cars,” she says, “I interviewed someone at Renault and he told me about the new racing championships.”

After her initial hesitation, she realised she wanted in, badly. “I did some rooting around online and quickly realised the potential for this new leg of the sport. A friend of mine put me in touch with the production company doing the show. I sent them my show reel and told them that I was a big racing fan. After what seemed like hundreds of meetings, I met the team and the big bosses, and finally I was appointed as their presenter and pit-lane reporter.” Nicki Shields is ambassador for clothing brand Belstaff, as well as for BMW, and is the proud owner of not only an electric i3, but also the i8 hybrid supercar, a “super-fun sports car”. She also presents CNN show Supercharged, which runs features about the cities Formula E travels to. “We cover a lot about environmentally friendly projects that the cities are involved in, be it in Monaco, doing a piece on the world’s first solar-powered aeroplane,” she says. With such an appreciation for all things sustainable, you can’t imagine her becoming bored any time soon. Simply put, Shields’ enthusiasm is electric.

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