Nicholas Phelps is the Personal Assistant to Sir Peter Cheveley at Dale Breweries. He arrived in The Woolpack to look over the place following construction work and showed an interest in David Reece's paintings. He paid for two sample paintings from him and covered his travel expenses to Wales so David could pick up more of his paintings for him to see. When David returns, Phelps manages to get art critic Angus Seddon interested in viewing David's paintings and tells David if they impress Seddon, they will strike a deal to keep buying his paintings. Seddon arrives, however, to view the paintings and dismisses David as talentless. David's friends in Beckindale felt that Phelps was using David.