Fiona has spent the past 40 years working in 29 countries in Africa and Asia in the design, management, strategic planning and evaluation of public and private sector health and development programmes.
She started her development career in Swaziland in 1976 where she was co-founder of the Family Life Association of Swaziland (one of the IPPF member organisations). She then spent over five years in Bangladesh working for ODA where she established a funding mechanism for health sector NGOs turning to emergency work during the many natural disasters. She was awarded an MBE for services to Bangladesh in 1992.
She then managed DFID’s health programmes in Nigeria for more than five years before returning to DFID headquarters where she managed programmes in Pakistan and South Asia. She was awarded the OBE for services to Nigeria in 1999.
Fiona says: “Having seen leprosy during an overland journey through Africa in 1975, and then again in Nigeria, I realised that the disease was a hidden problem affecting the poorest of the poor in a discriminatory situation which kept them apart from society.”
She was very pleased to be invited to join our Board of Trustees in 2000 and during her 15 years as a Trustee, made two trips to Lepra programmes in Brazil and more recently in India and Bangladesh. Fiona's experience of our work in the field has continued to inspire her so the opportunity to be an Ambassador is very welcome.
Fiona hopes she can use her experience to help raise awareness of the need to support our work.