Ms Nina Dawes

OBE

Date appointed: June 2014

Nina began her career studying business, and was a Management Trainee at Unilever and Cadbury Bros Ltd. After teaching, researching and travelling she joined Local Government where she served for more than 30 years.

She undertook various roles for Walsall MBC in housing and neighbourhood management, became a Director of a large West Midlands Housing Association, before joining Lichfield District Council in 1997. She became Chief Executive in 2001, and retired in 2012.

At Lichfield District she oversaw a considerable programme of change, and she also actively involved nationally, regionally and within the County. At national level she was Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Local Government Association’s District Council Network, the body which represents the interests of the 200+ District Councils. At Regional level she was elected to the position of Deputy Secretary of the West Midlands Local Government Association, the body which represented 38 Councils in the West Midlands region. She was also Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership, whose remit included targeting funding at improvement programmes within Councils and the Fire & Rescue services. At County level was the Districts’ representative on The Children’s Trust, becoming Vice Chairman, and she also served on county-wide Boards concerned with Health and Social Care on behalf of the District Councils in Staffordshire.

She became a Non Executive Director of a tenant owned and managed Housing Association in Walsall, serving for 10 years, chairing the Remuneration and Appeals Panel, which was concerned with Personnel matters. She was also appointed to the Board of Business Link West Midlands, on which she served for 2 years.

She was awarded an OBE in 2008 for Flood Rescue in Staffordshire, and Services to Local Government. Nina had headed the multi-agency emergency response in the 2007 floods, which affected large parts of Lichfield District.

She has two children, who she says have brought her up very well, and two grandchildren, from whom she continues to learn.

Lichfield Cathedral School by Numbers

4 Head Boys & Girls
8 Years it took Samuel Johnson to write the first dictionary
1942 Year St Chads Cathedral School was founded
150 Number of vocalists joining together to perform Zimbe!