Biographies - Members
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 Chair of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.
Emma is a registered nurse with clinical experience in various settings, including working in schools and with Ofsted. Emma is currently an Executive Director of Quality for a national charity and previously worked in health and social care regulation for the Care Quality Commission in senior leadership roles. Prior to that she worked as a senior research fellow at The University of Southampton. Emma holds a PhD in Health Sciences.
Emma is also family court magistrate serving the Dorset bench.
Emma stepped down from her positions as Chair of Governors at St Johns’ First School and subscribing Member of Wimborne Academy Trust to take up the role of Trustee from July 2017 until September 2022. Emma was Lead Trustee for Safeguarding and a member of the Performance and Standards Committee. Emma re-joined the Members in November 2022. She has three children who currently attend or attended Trust schools.
Jacqueline is a Workforce professional and Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She holds a Master’s degree in Organisational Development and is an ILM qualified Coach. She worked in the National Health Service for over 30 years and having undertaken a wide variety of senior leadership roles, her final post was that of Director of Workforce for Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
On leaving the NHS, Jacqueline established her own business working as an Executive Coach, Leadership Development Facilitator and Consultant and now works across a number of sectors supporting Boards, Teams and Individuals to resolve complex challenges.
Jacqueline was a school governor for many years whilst her children were attending local schools. She is now a Non-Executive Director for a local care provider.