Moffat graduated in 1985 with a BA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Liverpool, though has said that she "almost got booted out" for neglecting her studies in favour of the Officers' Training Corps' activities. In 1995 she gained an MA in Military Studies, Defence from Cranfield University.
She joined the then Women's Royal Army Corps after university, and stayed in the army 26 years, including a spell as military private secretary to Geoff Hoon while he was Minister of Defence. Her final posting before resigning was as Armed Forces head of pay and strategic manning at the Ministry of Defence. Her resignation caused some surprise, as six months earlier she had given an interview enthusing about the army as a career for women. She has founded the What Good Leadership Looks Like consultancy, and appears as a speaker on awards panels.
- Aged 49 in Jan 2012 (Hopkins), aged 50 in June 2012 (Rayment), therefore born Jan-June 1962.
- Nick Hopkins, "Meet Nicky Moffat, the highest ranked woman in the British army", The Guardian, 11 January 2012.
- Sean Rayment, "Army’s most senior female officer quits amid cuts anger", The Telegraph, 30 June 2012.
- "Nicky Moffat CBE, Leadership Consultant, Speaker & Coach", European Diversity Awards.
- "Who are the 100 Women 2014?" BBC News 26 October 2014
- Katie Jacobs, "Leadership lessons from the British Army", HR 14 October 2015.
- Nicky Moffat CBE", Future Leaders Award: Main judging panel, Women in the City.