Fiona has a BMus (Hons) from the University of Sheffield. She has worked at a strategic and operational level in the orchestral, music and charity sectors since she graduated with a short spell working in independent television. In previous ABO roles, Fiona worked on the ABO’s first ever National Education Project, The Turn of the Tide. On the ABO’s behalf she has carried out research into youth ensembles, mapped concerts given by professional orchestras for children and young people in England and Scotland, and has project managed early years projects (funded by Youth Music), an evaluation research project (funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation), the Transform Orchestral Leadership programme (Brazil & UK) working with British Council Brazil on an exchange project for emerging leaders in both countries, and in 2020/21, Orchestras in Healthcare: a survey of the contribution made by UK orchestras to the health, wellbeing and care sectors (with Orchestras Live and City of London Sinfonia).
She currently manages the ABO’s professional development leadership programme, Find Your Way, the Sirens fund for the performance of works by historical women composers and the ABO/British Council International Mentoring Programme for emerging orchestra leaders to work with UK CEOs.
As a consultant, she has also worked with PRS Foundation for 10 years as Senior Manager, Operations, is a Trustee of Awards for Young Musicians and of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain.