Fiona joined the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), as a junior Scientist with qualifications in electrical and software engineering. Following 8 years “at the bench” where she was involved in the development of the chip and pin card, she moved into a variety of roles that played to her strength – building relationships to communicate her love of science and the difference that it makes.
She has created communications strategies and managed broad stakeholder groups for the majority of her career undertaking roles in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, FTSE 100 company – Serco and a number of smaller business focused schemes, as well as a long standard career in NPL. She has also build businesses in training and knowledge transfer.
As Head of Government Relations and Corporate Communications, Fiona oversees the governance and impact of the £80M of science expenditure on behalf of BEIS. She works with senior government stakeholders to build profile on the role and benefits of NPL and the broader AIRTO community.
Fiona particularly enjoys navigating complexity, culture change and bringing simplicity to messages and process that make a difference. An advocate of lifelong learning she is a Chartered Manager in the Chartered Management Institute, and STEM champion with interest in supporting girls and non-traditional education routes such as apprentices.
When not at work she is a mother to teenage boys and a wife of a Police Inspector. Fiona is also a governor of two schools, trustee of a local charity and is a highly creative person who designs and builds stage sets for the local theatre and is a potter in her own home studio.