Dawn was appointed as Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund in late 2013, where she responsible for the effective distribution of c£600m of National Lottery funding each year and for delivering the Fund’s Strategic Framework, People in the Lead.
Prior to joining the Fund, Dawn was Chief Executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and was previously Deputy Director of the British Museum, Project Director for Tate Modern and a Principal Consultant at KPMG. She began her career in fringe theatre.
Dawn is Chair of the Kiln Theatre in London, a Trustee of the London Marathon Charitable Trust and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Policy Research at the University of Bath and RAND Europe. She was previously a Trustee of the Historic Royal Palaces and of the Woodland Trust. She has an MBA from the London Business School and an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University, and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Queen Mary University in 2019.