- Nicola Munro was born in Hertfordshire on January 11, 1948. She attended Harrogate Grammar School and graduated in history from Warwick University following study in the United States and in Italy. She joined the Scottish Office in 1970, taking on posts in health, education, arts, criminal justice and personnel policy. Promoted to the Senior Civil Service in 1986, she held senior posts dealing with food safety, hospital services and medical education; local economic development and urban regeneration; the school curriculum; public health policy; and the environment. She was appointed head of the Development Department in July 2001 following an open competition. She is married with two children.