Curriculum Vitae: Les Nichols
For 25 years, Mr. Nichols has been actively involved in preventing injury to children in after-school programs, camps, sports programs, schools, and churches. From 1994 to 2016 he served as director and later vice president over facilities and safety for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), shaping policies and practices for protecting 4 million youth at 4,000 Club sites. Prior to BGCA, Mr. Nichols spent nearly 20 years as an architect, involved in the design of schools, churches and other facilities utilized by youth. In 2016, he began private practice as an expert witness and safety-security consultant.
Mr. Nichols is the past president of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation and has authored or contributed to over 40 publications that address the protection of children or adults from harm. He was an advisor for the Recommended Guidelines and Practices: Background Screening in Youth Serving Organizations, 3rd Ed. (National Council for Youth Sports, 2021) and the Maryland Guidelines and Best Practices for the Design, Assessment and Modification of Physical Facilities and Spaces to Reduce Opportunities for Child Sexual Abuse (2020). Recently, Mr. Nichols co-authored the book, Extreme Violence: Understanding & Protecting People from Active Assailants, Hate Crimes & Terrorist Attacks (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2021).