Fiona has worked all her life for people with Learning Disabilities and Autistic people. A psychodynamic Music Therapist by profession she worked as a clinician, manager of community support then went on to a post with then then Strategic Health Authority where she completed her master’s in public health. She moved into Regulation in a national role and was the Lead for the Health Care Commission and then the Care Quality Commission. Fiona was awarded an OBE for services to people with Learning Disabilities in 2009.
A move to Worcestershire Health Care Trust as an Associate Director in Transformation saw the honing of service change skills and then went on to be Managing Director for Turning Point a large not for profit organisation for people with learning disabilities and laterally Mental Health.
She has now been self employed for three years, working with not for profit organisations looking at quality and strategic direction, NHS, leading on a high secure capacity review and was the independent chair of the Oliver McGowan death review. She has been working for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust on behalf of the Provider Collaborative to lead on the pathway and business case for low and medium secure care for the West Midlands. VODG associate working with the West Midlands Provider Collaborative to bring providers into the West Midlands working with people with forensic histories. She is also an Associate with NDTi and works with three areas to support them with their small supports programme.
Fiona is also an Senior Intervenor for NHSEI working to ensure people in Long Term Segregation get out and have a life of their own.
She is currently Chair of BiLD- the British Institute of Learning Disabilities.
Fiona is passionate about supporting individuals to find their voice and to constantly strive for a more ambitious future for individuals.