Fiona became a Tutu Foundation Trustee in May 2018. A qualified corporate finance solicitor at a magic circle law firm in London, she also helped to run the firm’s evening rota at a local law centre in Hackney. A particular career highlight was representing a defendant who was acquitted at the Privy Council after over more than 15 years on death row in Jamaica.
Fiona moved into a marketing/business development role in 1998 and then more recently has worked in a strategic management COO role, both in the London office of an international law firm. She is responsible for the operations and works closely with the managing partner on the strategic direction of the firm in London. She is at ease working with a wide range of people, with all operational functions reporting to her, including Finance, HR, Business Development, Corporate Social Responsibility and IT. Fiona has a strong focus on leadership and motivation, project management and problem-solving abilities.
She helps to co-ordinate a team of lawyers at her firm to assist the Tutu Foundation in a wide range of areas from corporate governance to advice on technical areas such as data protection. Fiona sits on the advisory board for the Tutu Foundation/Youth Futures partnership, the review into allegations of institutional racism at the Westway Trust, and is involved in the strategic review of the Tutu Foundation.
Other interests include supporting local initiatives in the area of homelessness, both through Glass Door volunteering and through her church, as well as various mentoring and strategic advisory projects for local charities.