Sandra Dawson

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For the Irish cricketer, see Sandra Dawson (cricketer).

Dame Sandra June Noble Dawson DBE FAcSS (born 4 June 1946) is a British social scientist and academic. She was Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge from 1999 to 2009, making her the first woman to be master of a formerly all male College at the University of Cambridge. She is KPMG Professor of Management Studies at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Academic career[edit]

Dawson was also Director of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge from 1995 to 2006 and one of the Deputy Vice Chancellors of the University of Cambridge between 2008 and 2012. Prior to this Dawson was Professor of Organisational Behaviour within the National Health Service (1990-1995) and Deputy Director of the Management School (1987-1994) at Imperial College, University of London.[1]

Other work[edit]

In 2010, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling appointed her as a non-executive director at the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority, following her previous role on the board of directors at Barclays and Chase banks.

She is also a trustee of Oxfam.


Dawson was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2004.[2]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Gabriel Horn
Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill