Biographies - Members
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.
Heather Waldsax (representing the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education)
Heather is an experienced and successful secondary school teacher of Religious Education who has had wide responsibilities for worship leading and spiritual direction in both school and church, and for 20 years an Assistant Headteacher, retiring in 2014 after a 34 year career. While teaching, she held a responsibility for the organisation and development of in-school training for the local SCITT and supported many successful trainee teachers.
She was involved for many years with adult education and ministry programmes in Salisbury Diocese. She has combined her knowledge of theology, with music and management skills to good effect in her teaching career as well as in music direction and education for both Church and Diocese.
Since 2009 she has been an Associate Priest within the Church of England, now a member of the clergy team at Wimborne Minster. Following retirement from full-time teaching she has held several roles within the Diocese, working with young vocations, music in worship and as a secondary consultant for collective worship. She is also Vice-Chair of the Song and Hymnwriters’ Foundation and Chair of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.
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.