About Dave Dawes

Dave Dawes

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Dave Dawes is a nurse and has been a founding member of 4 social enterprises (including Entreprenurses CIC) over the last 8 years. He is the first nurse to be elecetd to the Council of the Social Enterprise Coalition and the first social entrepreneur to be elecetd to the Council of the Royal College of Nursing. He has worked with a number of PCTs to explore different organisational and governance options such as Community Foundation Trust, Social Enterprise, Care Trust, etc as part of the Transforming Community Services and Right to Request initiatives.He advises NHS organisations, established nonprofit organisations and start-up entrepreneurs on governance models, raising finance, business planning and developing strategy.

In 2003, he co-founded a social enterprise called the European Nursing Leadership Foundation with Ali Handscomb, which was one of the UK’s first not-for-profit management consultancies. They provided consultancy to healthcare organisations in UK and Ireland, develop bespoke leadership programmes for clinical staff at all levels and help support new social enterprises.

He was one of the youngest Chief Executives in the NHS (East Manchester Primary Care Group). He held a number of management posts in Health Authorities and Hospital Trusts and have published extensively in nursing and management journals. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on social entrepreneurship, e-learning and leadership.

He also served on a number of boards including Social Enterprise Coalition Council, CHAP, SELNET, European Nursing Leadership Foundation, Brook Advisory Centres, RCN Council, East Manchester PCG and the North West Board of the RCN. He is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honour society of nursing. At the the NHS Leadership Centre, he was the Primary Care Co-ordinator and developed and supported nurse leadership at Board and Executive level in Primary Care Trusts. He jointly led the e-learning programme which won the Institute of IT Training Award for e-learning project of the year in 2003.

He lives in Buxton with his wife Linda, his son Ben and a manic fluffy puppy.

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.


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