Dawn has been the CEO of Big Lottery Fund since May 2013. Previously to this, she was the CEO at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Deputy Director of the British Museum and Project Director of Tate Modern from 1995 to 2000.
Dawn has an MBA from the London Business School and an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University. She is also a Trustee at the Historic Royal Palaces, chairs the Foundations Forum and is a Director of Big Society Capital. Dawn is a companion of the Chartered Institute of Management.