Dave Dawes is a nurse and has been a founding member of four social enterprises over the last eight years. He is the first nurse to be elected to the Board of Social Enterprise UK and the first social entrepreneur to be elected to the Council of the Royal College of Nursing.

He was one of the youngest Chief Executives in the NHS and had held a number of NHS management posts in Health Authorities and Hospital Trusts and has 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 jointly led the e-learning programme which won the Institute of IT Training Award for e-learning project of the year in 2003. He also sits on the boards of Social Enterprise UK, Unlimited Potential, Togetherworks and PrepOnline and the Leadership Succession Committee of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

He has a MA in Managing Healthcare, a degree in Mathematics and Post-graduate diplomas in Health Economics and Healthcare Management. He lives in Buxton with his son Ben and two manic fluffy puppies.