Biographies - Members
Mike Guilmant-Cush (Chair)
Mike provides independent consultancy and programme authoring for the UK’s leading education sponsorship agencies.
He develops engaging, high-quality learning activities that help businesses, charities and government to engage with schools and young people, including online and interactive content, lesson activities, live workshops, videos and apps.
His programmes unlock the curriculum, make meaningful links with the real world and inspire young people to be and achieve their best, with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and succeed, developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, maths, sustainability, financial literacy, enterprise and employability.
His clients include Expo 2020 Dubai, the Premier League, Barclays, BP, RBS, EDF, E.ON, BT, Google, Samsung, Tesco, Rio Tinto, the NSPCC and the British Red Cross, for programmes supporting teachers and students across the UK and in the USA, Canada, Eastern Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
Mike was previously Development Director at Education Connections Ltd (2001 to 2007) and Account Manager then Education Manager at Education & Youth Ltd (1996 to 2001).
Debbie is currently interim Joint Chief Executive for both Poole Hospital and the Royal Bournemouth Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Having spent more than 30 years in the NHS, she is a very experienced health service manager. Debbie was a Management Trainee in the 1980s, and since then, has held a variety of leadership roles within both the hospital and the community sector.
Debbie has also spent considerable time as a commissioner within the NHS. She was previously Chief Executive for Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Chief Executive for Bournemouth & Poole Primary Care Trust and in 2010 was appointed Chief Executive for NHS Hampshire - the largest PCT in the country. Debbie worked for NHS England as Area Director (Wessex), prior to taking up her current post within Poole Hospital.
With her experience in system leadership and strategic problem-solving, Debbie has a strong track record of delivery and effective partnership working. She is renowned for her sound judgement and ability to work effectively with others in tackling difficult issues. Debbie is committed to developing people – individuals and teams - and is currently chair of the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy.
Debbie holds a Masters in Business Administration, a BSc in Social Sciences and the Diploma in Health Services Management. She is also a trained coach and facilitator.
Chris Tebbutt (representing the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education)
Canon Chris Tebbutt was appointed Team Rector at Canford Magna Churches in 2009 and was Rural Dean of Wimborne 2011-2018. Chris is currently chair of trustees for Poole Missional Communities and a trustee of the charity Child of Hope that funds and supports a school in a slum area of Mbale, Uganda. Chris has held high profile roles within the Salisbury Diocese.
Before training for the ministry, Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Accountant. He left that profession and joined IBM where he worked in a variety of roles over 13 years ending up in management. He trained at St John’s College, Nottingham, where he received an Honours degree from Nottingham University. He served his four year title in the Diocese of Portsmouth before becoming Vicar in the Parish of St James’ Southbroom, for nine years.
Nicola is the Business Manager at Dorset Wellbeing, an alternative Education provider here in Dorset. Prior to this, Nicola was Global Head of Customer Service and Implementation at Bloomberg, based in the City, where she worked for 17 years.
Gaining a vast amount of business experience within the fast moving financial sector, Nicola’s primary role was to oversee the implementation of all technical projects as well as ensuring they were delivered with the best possible customer service. With her project management experience and her ability to achieve results, as well as her experience of managing across a number of business units and global locations, Nicola is well placed to transfer these skills into education.
As well as her work within the technical operations world, Nicola is committed to diversity and inclusion. She headed up the European branch of the Women’s Network while at Bloomberg as well as being an active member of the Diversity Council. This is an area that Nicola is particularly passionate about and believes that it is essential to continue the debate to ensure a more diverse and open society.