Nicolette du Plessis is an independent arts consultant specialising in the design and management of cultural development projects, project evaluation and training. Clients have included the Nordic Council of Ministers, Sida, Norad and Hivos, for whom she has worked throughout Africa; various tertiary education institutions in South Africa and Europe as guest faculty and external examiner; and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, with whom she has devised development programmes in cultural tourism.
du Plessis has also worked with Business and Arts South Africa, contributing to building relationships between arts practitioners and the business community. She co-edited The South African Handbook on Arts and Culture with Mike van Graan in 1998; served as the National Deputy Chair of the Performing Arts Network of South Africa, is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the South African National Arts Council, and the Chair of Art Moves Africa, the only mobility fund for African artists travelling within Africa. She won the Arts Administrator of the Year Award from the Arts and Culture Trust in 2005.