John Gallanders has announced his retirement from AVOW after 21 years, the majority of that time as Chief Officer. John has seen the organisation grow to 80+ staff at one point and successfully applied for numerous funding pots for various projects over the years and more recently massively improved the awareness of AVOW with his weekly updates on the Coronavirus pandemic and the support AVOW provided throughout. In 2021 John was awarded the BEM for his services and AVOW has become a strong and sustainable organisation under his leadership.
He will be most missed by the Trustees, employees, and volunteers at AVOW as we bid him farewell and good luck in his future endeavours. John’s final day with the organisation will be 28th January 2021 and the new Chief Officer Dawn Roberts-McCabe starts on 1st February.
Dawn Roberts-McCabe was born and raised in rural Northern California and spent most of her career as a Diplomat for the U.S Department of State working in places such as Moldova, Sierra Leone and The Netherlands. Dawn has also previously lived in Wrexham founding and managing the Empowering Youth Foundation, a charity that taught life skills through sport to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
As a child, Dawn spent most of her time on the family farm with her Nana who instilled in her a love of community action, which drives her to work in the third sector and the reason Dawn moved back to the UK following her service as a Diplomat. Dawn holds an MSc in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Bachelor of Science from the Santa Clara University in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Language and Culture. Dawn also speaks six languages.
Dawn is skilled in developing and leading diverse teams to achieve success and has expertise in diplomatic engagement, organisational leadership, professional development, and public speaking as well as extensive experience in charitable fundraising.
Dawn has two sons, loves movies and cooking.
We are so looking forward to welcoming Dawn to the AVOW family!