Dawn has over 24 years’ experience as a fire professional, 12 of those years working at the most senior level, as a principal officer. After university and qualifying as an accountant, she joined her home county fire and rescue service of Cumbria in 1995.
In 2006 Dawn moved to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service as an Assistant Chief Fire Officer. Dawn was promoted to Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2009 after completing the fire and rescue sector’s Executive Leadership Programme with Warwick University. She has worked extensively with partners across North Wales, and with the Welsh Government on devolved Fire issues. In December 2017, Dawn was appointed as Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. A month later she was made interim Chief Fire Officer and headed up GMFRS’s response to the Kerslake Report into the Manchester Arena bombing, and the Moorland Fires, which was one of the largest incidents in the history of GMFRS.
Since resuming her role in September 2018 Dawn has been delivering the transformational ‘Programme for Change’ project in GMFRS.