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Jo Dowson

Head of Finance and Governance

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I have been working as the Head of Finance and Governance since June 2015 and have many years’ experience as an executive within national charities and voluntary organisations. I previously worked as the CEO of a credit union in Leicester for five years and have worked for 11 years alongside the Board of Trustees, helping to set up the UK’s National Biodiversity Network Trust.   

Specialties include:

  • Leadership
  • Strategy
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Not-for-profit charity management and governance
  • Trust fundraising
  • Digital strategies and technical projects
  • Sustainable development  

Since the age of two until my early teens I studied dance to RAD (advanced) and ISTD standards. In my later years I took my dance skills into martial arts where I earned two black belts in Lau Gar Kung Fu under Master Yau.

I was a member of the Manchester Youth Theatre working on props and stage design. I was also a make-up artist and designed the make-up for the professional production of Terra Nova at the Manchester Library Theatre in the early 1980s.  

In my spare time I like to create characters and art from yarn and have become a big fan of amigurumi and needle felting techniques. Just recently I have been learning to illustrate in Procreate. 

Jo 2023 chosen

First class BSc (hons) in Business and Technology

Academic achievements published in the 1999 Annual Report for Nottingham Trent University & personally invited to submit paper on interactive learning for children by Dean of the University.

Student of the Year Award.

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