Dawn is a graduate of the University of Kent and has enjoyed a 30-year career spanning the private and public sector. Dawn has held senior leadership in sales and operations as well as HR and Learning and Organisational Development and is an executive coach and mentor. She joined the NHS in 2011 and since then has led a range of award-winning staff experience improvements as well as major change and transformation including the people elements of the merger between Birmingham Children’s and Birmingham Women’s Hospitals.
Dawn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is passionate about steering the people agenda and inclusive culture development to create environments where everyone can perform at their best for the benefit of population health and wellbeing.
Outside of work, Dawn loves to run, walk, cycle and swim, making the most of the fabulous Dorset coast and countryside with her husband and, when she can drag them along, her two grown up children.
“I am proud to be joining NHS Dorset as Chief People Officer. This is a once in a generation opportunity to join up and tackle all the things that affect population health and wellbeing. Addressing health inequalities is at the heart of this and our workforce across Dorset is our biggest asset in achieving this vision.
“I came from Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to join the Dorset system as Chief People Officer at Dorset County Hospital in early 2021. I have been struck by the passion and commitment of my colleagues across the system and I look forward to continuing collaborative working as we develop a people strategy that delivers the ambition for integrated care.”
Chief People Officer Designate, NHS Dorset