Nicole Waddell

Nicole Waddell

Acting Head of Compliance
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Nicole is an expat from Canada, who moved to Newcastle 6 years ago after spending 5 years working and studying in London. She feels lucky to call Newcastle home; she loves the beautiful beaches and vibrant changes taking place across the city. She is a compliance professional at Newcastle Permanent and is passionate about embedding effective risk and compliance frameworks, and helping the business navigate regulatory change. She is also on the Board of a not-for-profit organisation, the Hunter Region Women’s Working Group (HRWWG), whose mission is to support and empower women within the Hunter Region.

What kind of leader do you aspire to be?

I aspire to be the kind of leader that encourages a change mindset and can do attitude. I also aspire to be empathetic and to treat other people how they want to be treated; empowering the team I work with to perform to their potential, whilst encouraging resilience, honesty and transparency. I aspire to lead by example by pushing myself and the team outside of our comfort zones.

How do you manage your work/life balance?

I have learned the importance of having a selection of effective stress management strategies; there is no one size fits all.  To manage stress outside of work, playing soccer and training at the gym helps maintain the physical balance for me. Surrounding myself with loved ones, sharing amazing food and wine is sometimes what is needed as well. Also, getting outdoors and creating space to declutter the mind helps with maintaining a balanced perspective of what is important in life.

What three words best describe you?

Risk-taker, adaptable, ambitious.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?


Where do you see your industry heading and how have you positioned yourself to benefit from these changes?

The financial services industry is enduring rapid regulatory change and public scrutiny, as well as an accelerated pace of technological change.  The current environment has created an increased demand for risk and compliance professionals. The pace of change and increased demand will fast track my ability to become an expert and help me shape the conversation as the compliance profession evolves. Additionally, being an active member of the Risk Management Association and the Governance, Risk, and Compliance Institute supports my further professional development by building a strong professional network.