Meet the NWSDU team

Chris Caldwell - NWSDU

Chris 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 - NWSDU

Ian Tegerdine is the Deputy 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.

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Rob Hardy is the Senior Programme Lead at the Unit. Rob supports the Associate Director with running the unit, engaging with stakeholders across the country and has leadership across the core project work.

Rob spent most of his 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. Rob also spent some time working at University College London (UCL) running the Psychological Interventions Research Centre managing a number of evaluation projects of mental health and addiction services. 

All of his spare time is taken up with music. He plays the guitar for his band and regularly tours Europe writing and releasing new records.

Joanna Daci - NWSDU

Joanna 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.

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Richard Wayoe is a Project Manager working on Attitudes to Mental Health Careers in the NHS.  He is also Stakeholder Manager of the Trust’s BAME Network. He studied Biological & Biomedical Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

 Work aside, Richard enjoys sport, YouTube tech videos, anime, marvel movies & baking.

Juliane Lang - NWSDU

Juliane Lang has been a Project Manager with the Unit since 2018. She is mainly working on projects looking at how to improve and promote mental health career pathways in the NHS. She has also managed work on the Workforce Stress and the Supportive Organisation framework.

Prior to joining the unit, she managed large scale consulting projects and conducted economic market analysis 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 bouldering, climbing mountains or discussing tasty food in great detail. 

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Ryan Matthews joins the team having recently returned from a year in Australia. He is an experienced NHS manager and commissioner; and combines this experience with Project skills picked up in the energy and transport sectors.

He loves football, live comedy, music and the theatre and is a keen (vegan) cook.

Amina Jahan Ali of the National Workforce Skills Development Unit

Amina Jahan Ali is a Project Manager for the team. She has previously worked in Workforce Development in the education sector in the Health Sciences department, managing the delivery of training and courses. In her spare time, she is involved in environmental activism and enjoys dancing, reading and walking.

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Neil Parmar is a Project Manager working on Mental Health Careers in the NHS. He is also a Research Consultant for a Biotech company based in the US, consulting on research practices adopted within the UK. He studied Fashion Illustration at the London College of Fashion (UAL) and is currently working towards an MSc in Project Management from the University of Northumbria.

Outside of work, Neil enjoys drawing, sport and cooking.


Emily Lee

Emily M. Lee is a California native who has worked as a Behavioural Clinician for young children and families as well as within the Mental Health Administration sector. She is a Project Manager for the team who focuses on advancing the development of Learning Disability Nurses in the workforce. Emily obtained her MA in Psychoanalysis and enjoys continuing professional development. For fun, she enjoys cooking and travelling the globe to learn about different cultures.

Hannah Poupart

Hannah Poupart is a Project Manager at the unit, joining us in June 2020 and bringing 13 years NHS experience where she has worked in executive education, staff learning and development, events management and membership and stakeholder engagement. Hannah is motivated by bringing order to complex and fast paced situations, alongside developing efficient processes with continuous learning. She is an advocate for supporting people but is ultimately passionate about getting to the heart of an issue to empower people and the systems themselves.


Outside of work Hannah’s interests are current affairs, gaming, health and wellbeing, horror films, human rights, strange phenomena, the arts and exploring places, peoples and cultures. 

National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU)

The NWSDU has been established to meet the workforce challenges in healthcare. The Unit is commissioned by Health Education England to support the...

About the National Workforce Skills Development Unit

The National Workforce Skills Development Unit was established in April 2017 by Health Education England (HEE) in collaboration with the Tavistock...

National Workforce Skills Development Unit projects

Current projects: 2020/21 To date, the Unit has been engaged in a broad portfolio of projects. Below are our current projects.