Dawn Atkinson is the Group Deputy Director for Clinical Governance and Performance at a large acute London NHS Foundation Trust. She started her NHS career as nurse and has held a number of senior NHS management, nursing and national leadership roles with a background in healthcare governance, regulation, quality and standards. Dawn continues to hold her nursing registration and re-validation and is a practicing General Medical Council Non-Medical Appraiser.

She is a specialist advisor in relation to clinical governance inspections with the Care Quality Commission, the regulator for health and social care. She also sits as a lay member of the UK Association for Nutrition (AfN) Regulation Committee.

Dawn sees CHNC as having an important role in giving both the public and other healthcare professionals’ confidence through voluntary regulation - as all CNHC Registrants are assured to provide excellent standards of patient care.