Meet the team


Chris Caldwell - NWSDUChris Caldwell is the Director of Nursing and Director of NWSDU. Chris joined the Trust in November 2016. 

As well as her role as Director of Nursing, Chris is also the Director of the National Workforce Skills Development Unit and oversees the Trust's work on perinatal mental health. 

Previously she had been the Dean of Healthcare Professions at Health Education England's north central and east London local office. 

Chris has over twenty years experience in the NHS, higher education and health policy. 

Her previous roles include Deputy Director of Education and Assistant Chief Nurse at Great Ormond Street, Programme Manager at the Department of Health, and Programme Director at the Royal College of Nursing. She is a registered children’s nurse, general nurse and nurse teacher.


Ian Tegderdine - NWSDUIan Tegerdine is the Associate Director of the NWSDU.

Ian is a Podiatrist by professional background but has spent most of his career in training, education, human resources, organisational and workforce development 

He spends way too much time and money indulging his favourite pastime of theatre in all its forms.



Rob Hardy - NWSDU 2I am Rob Hardy, the senior programme manager here at the unit with responsibility for leading on Enhancing Management of Psychological Distress and Promoting Systemic Resilience, Children and Young People with Learning Disability and Complex Mental Health Conditions Transforming Care Workforce and Mental Health Careers Mapping. I also support the Associate Director with the running of the unit, engaging with stakeholders across the country and am involved in a number of internal trust initiatives. 

I have spent most of my career working on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme at both a regional (London) and a national level – latterly being the Health Education England (HEE) IAPT National workforce programme lead and deputy national mental health lead. I also spent some time working at University College London (UCL), again as part of the IAPT programme but also running the Psychological Interventions Research Centre managing a number of evaluation projects of mental health and addiction services. 

All of my spare time is taken up with music playing guitar with my band, Desperate Journalist, regularly touring around Europe and writing and releasing new records.



Joanna Daci - NWSDUJoanna Daci is the programme operations manager with responsibility for operational effectiveness of the National Workforce Skills Development Unit and executing communications activities. 

She has over 15 years’ experience within an educational sector, managing numerous improvements projects. 

She enjoys spending time with her two little children and her favourite past-times include painting, travelling, exploring nature and playing basketball.


Lawrence Bickerton - NWSDULaurence Bickerton studied biomedical science at Lancaster University and has strong interests in population mental health, public health and structure and organisation within healthcare. 

Outside of work, Laurence enjoys spending time in the gym, watching a variety of theatre and trying new restaurants throughout London.


Juliane Lang - NWSDUJuliane Lang is a Project Manager working on Stress & Resilience and Mental Health Careers. Prior to joining the NHS, she managed large scale consulting projects in the private sector. 

Juliane has a keen interest in Mental Health and completed a Master’s in Psychology in 2017. In her spare time, she can be found climbing mountains or discussing tasty food in great detail.