Nigel Costley was the Regional Secretary of the South West Trade Unionist Congress for 24 years. A former apprentice compositor, Nigel retrained several times over to adapt to a digital world. Elected as union officer for the GMPU, he was involved with the massive changes in the printing and design industries.

Nigel is a Board Member of the Hereford and Worcester Training and Enterprise Council, one of the first trade unionists to have such a position. He led the formation of the highly successful Graphical Employment and Training Group, run by and for unemployed printing and graphical workers.