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Fiona Dawe to chair The School for CEOs Foundation

5 March 2014

The School for CEOs, where aspiring and CEOs are taught by experienced business leaders, has from its inception supported The School for CEOs Foundation, providing scholarships to candidates such as leaders of charities and other Non-Profit Organisations.

The Foundation is delighted to announce that Fiona Dawe CBE has agreed to become its Chair. Fiona is an experienced coach, advisor and organisational leader with a distinguished career in the voluntary sector. This new appointment will greatly help the Foundation develop its remit and broaden the availability of executive learning.

Fiona has enjoyed a 30 year career in the voluntary sector, starting as a Community Service Volunteer, working with young offenders. Fiona has worked at CSV, OUTSET (employment and training in IT for people with disabilities) and Volunteering England. For 11 years until April 2011 Fiona was Chief Executive of YouthNet, the UK’s first not-for-profit In 2008 they won The Charity Times 'Best Charity to Work For' award.

Fiona has her own consultancy, Vital Space. She is a Time To Think Consultant and an accredited Thinking Environment coach and facilitator. Fiona is also a Trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust, the Technology Trust and Changemakers. She is an advisor to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Social Justice Committee and a member of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee.

In 2012, Fiona was awarded the CBE for services to volunteering in the New Year Honours List. This followed her OBE for services to the voluntary sector, awarded in 2003. She was winner of the Charity Times 'Outstanding Individual Achievement Award 2010'. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Information on the Foundation, including how to apply for a Scholarship, is at

Fiona Dawe said: “I strongly support the aims of both the School for CEOs and its Foundation, so I’m delighted to be joining the School for CEOs Foundation as its Chair. I’m looking forward to working with the School for CEOs team to realise and extend the remit of the Foundation, in particular in broadening the availability of executive learning by offering scholarships to CEOs in the third sector”

“I’m very pleased that Fiona will be bringing her experience, ideas and leadership to bear as Chair of the Foundation” said David Sole, well-known business coach and former international rugby captain, a co-Founder of the School.

Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy, former CEO of John Menzies plc and a co-Founder of the School, said: “Fiona is the perfect person to help the School for CEOs Foundation expand the reach of executive learning.”

For more information on the School and to apply, go to


Notes for editors: The School for CEOs is a new concept in senior executive education. It was founded in 2011 by: Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy, CEO of Dalestone Energy and former Chief Executive of John Menzies plc; and David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain. The next programme will take place in London on 22/23 May 2014. The 2-day residential programme will be taught by practitioners: current and former business leaders. It aims to provide senior businessmen and women with the tools they need to be successful in CEO and other senior leadership positions.

For more information and to apply, call 0131 225 5886 or go to


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