Coming from a clinical background with a Bachelor of Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management, Nicole Waldron joined Epworth in February 2011 and was appointed as Executive Director Epworth Richmond in March 2014. Nicole stepped into a dual leadership role when she was also appointed as Executive Director Epworth Freemasons in May 2018; responsible for leadership across Epworth Richmond, in addition to three Epworth Freemasons sites (Victoria Parade, Clarendon Street and Cliveden). Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Nicole had executive responsibilities for Epworth Medical Imaging and Group Strategy.

In November 2019, Nicole was appointed to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer - Hospitals (COO) with responsibility for strategic and operational leadership, management and alignment of all Epworth hospitals and clinical services.

Nicole has an extensive background in healthcare management across the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Epworth in 2011, Nicole worked for Healthscope for 10 years. During this time, she held roles with state and national responsibilities, including hospital state manager, general manager John Fawkner Private Hospital and national workforce planning manager.

In addition to her role as COO, Nicole is a Director and Chair of the Epworth Medical Imaging Board. Nicole, along with her husband and two daughters, is an avid Essendon supporter. Nicole enjoys travelling, reading, keeping healthy.