Nigel Permane was a camera assistant for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and TUGS. He, Steve Asquith, David Eves and Robert Gauld-Galliers hold the record for working longest on the show, with a total of 24 years. He was the director of photography for Jack and The Pack and the twelfth season. He left the show in 2008 after the twelfth season, when production was moved to Nitrogen Studios.
- The cancelled character, Nigel, may have been named after him.