Madeleine Ashdown - Chair Expand Role: Chair - 25/07/2014First appointed: 25/07/2000 Profession/Status:Director, Ashdown Architects Profile: Madeleine is Chair of DASH, a role she has had since October 2014. She has been a board member since 2000. She trained as a solicitor, and has worked for many years in a family-run architectural practice (Ashdown Architects) based in Durham. The practice has particular expertise in the provision of social housing and community-led projects. Alongside her ‘day job’, Madeleine has many years’ experience in the voluntary sector, having worked as an adviser, and welfare benefits and employment tribunal representative for Citizens Advice for 12 years. In her spare time, she enjoys running, walking and reading. In 2016 she walked the Hadrian’s Wall Path with her daughter.