Dawn Chapman
Public Governor

Dawn was elected as a public governor in July 2015. Dawn retired last year after 48 years working as a nurse in various roles in different services and departments within Addenbrooke’s. The last 20 years of her career she was employed in senior roles such as the ward manager of surgical wards and nurse consultant in the Breast Unit.

Dawn received the MBE for services to Breast and Nursing in 2008 and has been on national working parties, Prime Minister’s commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, the Cancer Reform Strategy and Nurse Advisor to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity.

Achievements during Dawn’s career include Surgical Nurse of the Year Award (2001) which was presented by the RCN and Nursing Standard on “Early Discharge of patients undergoing breast surgery with drain insitu”, plus Oncology Nurse of the year in the 2007 Excellence in Oncology Awards.

Dawn is currently a member of the ACT Grants Committee as well as being a governor representative in many groups and committees such as:


  1. Patient Experience Committee
  2. End of Life Committee
  3. Organ Donation Committee
  4. Public governor alternate on the Governors’ Nomination and Remuneration Committee
  5. Membership of the Clinical Ethics Forum
  6. Outpatient Experience Group

Dawn’s leadership skills are evidenced by her involvement in developing nursing teams. She provides a depth of knowledge, experience and expertise that will benefit both the Trust and the Community and assist in the continued improvement of patient and public services at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.