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Meeting NHS Management Challenges

Bucks Consulting Team

The Bucks Consulting group team is headed by dean of enterprise, Dr Rebecca Chandler-Wilde.  She provides strategic leadership for the Faculty of Society and Health’s enterprise, international and business management portfolio.  Rebecca was previously at Henley Business School (1996-2012).  There she lectured and later became client director for executive education.  By training a chartered accountant, Rebecca began her career with IBM.  She later joined KPMG as a management consultant.  She holds a Henley doctorate in business administration (DBA).


Lead consultant, Dr Bill Nichols is also deputy director of the University’s Centre for Health Communications and Research.  He co-founded CHCR withProf John Underwood in 2012.  A specialist in marketing and communications, Bill’s career includes time in France and India, senior roles with London consultancies and a spell as Sir Clive Sinclair’s director of publicity.  He co-founded Whiteoaks (1993) which he sold in 2007 before joining the University as senior lecturer in marketing (2009-14).  He also holds a doctorate in business administration (DBA) from Henley Business School and was on visiting faculty there (2008-14).


Valerie Iles specialises in leadership and management theory. Formerly director of the Royal College of General Practitioners’(RCGP) leadership programme, she is both an honorary RCGP fellow and  honorary senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Previously, for nine years, director of City University’s health management group, she designed and directed three masters’ degree programmes.  These including a novel M Phil in health management (integrating taught and research elements) and the flagship master’s in health management.  A widely published author on NHS and healthcare matters, she also held positions as vice chair of a large NHS Trust and of an inner-city Health Action Zone.



Lesley BridgesLesley Bridges is a registered nurse with an MSc in Public Sector Management.  She is currently completing a Doctorate in Healthcare at King’s College London. She has worked across various healthcare settings in the UK. Lesley has held a number of clinical leadership and management roles within the NHS prior to joining Buckinghamshire New University seventeen years ago. In her role as the Head of Academic Department for Advanced Practice, Lesley developed and strengthened the portfolio  in response to the changing healthcare landscape and need to reconfigure and develop the workforce.  Lesley now works part-time as principal lecturer with Buckinghamshire New University and is currently involved in research projects around training needs and evaluation.



Dr Alison Chambers is pro vice chancellor and executive dean at the University. Initially trained as a chartered physiotherapist, Alison specialised in neurological and older person rehabilitation before taking, in 1998, her first higher education post as lecturer at the University of Salford.  Subsequent academic leadership roles there included dean of the schools of psychology and public health and clinical sciences.   She has worked extensively with NHS partners and managed NHS contracts in the North West.  Alison also pioneered inter-professional foundation degree programmes that have led to the introduction of new support roles and skill-mixing within the health professions.


Patrick SmithNow an Emeritus Professor, Patrick Smith is a specialist in leadership and management, author of several books and responsible for the development of the University’s highly successful MA in Leadership and Management.   Also a former director of the University’s Institute of Applied Leadership, Patrick has worked in both the UK and abroad and his consulting clients include The Royal Military Police, The Stoke Mandeville Institute for Sport and The Golf Club Managers’ Association.