Reporting to the Board, Fiona is responsible for leading the development and execution of Strategic Directions 2022, liaises and informs the Board so they can execute their responsibilities and represents UCWB’s interests, including those of community and client groups, to government, the private sector and policy, funding and other external groups.
Appointed in 2017 after an extensive interval as Acting Chief Executive, Fiona has over 25 years of experience in senior and executive roles spanning the disability, health and justice areas in private and non-profit sectors in Australia and overseas.
After commencing her career as a psychologist, Fiona moved to government where she led regional services and established statewide programs providing specialist clinical services to people who were most vulnerable to being placed in out-of-home and institutional care.
She has also held leadership roles in the policy and planning of services in both government and non-government organisations and has contributed to the the realignment of disability services across the northern region of Adelaide.
Seconded to work in the SA Attorney-General’s Department, Fiona lead a reform project to improve the health, mental health, disability and criminal justice sectors’ responses to people with mental impairment who were involved in the criminal justice system.
A change of direction saw her move to the United Arab Emirates to become the executive director of a management consulting company where she worked with local regional and multinational companies to undertake organisational restructures and culture change across the Middle East and North Africa.
Beyond her ex-officio membership of the UCWB Board, Fiona is a current board member of Shelter SA and Together SA and was previously on the boards of Levada and Westside Housing Association.