Dawn Hewitt – CEO
As CEO of CHUMS Social Enterprise, Dawn has developed the service into a regional service, growing from 11 staff to 90, and now receives almost 4000 referrals per year across its 9 services supporting children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Following 11 years as a manager in the NHS, Dawn led CHUMS Child Bereavement Service through the Department of Health’s ‘Right to Request’ programme to become a Social Enterprise in 2011. Her focus necessarily changed from clinical delivery to business development and management and in 2007 she was instrumental in setting up the charity ’Friends of CHUMS’ to raise money to set up and deliver a Trauma Service. CHUMS Charity now raises funds for five services including some adult services.
Dawn trained as an RGN and then as a District Nurse and has an MSc in Clinical and Organisational Leadership. She has experience and qualifications in management, reflective practice, counselling and bereavement.