Governance Adviser, Babcock LDP, Babcock International Group
Fiona works as a Governance Adviser within the Babcock Governor Support Team in Devon, where she has a particular knowledge and expertise in developing resources and training for clerks. Fiona researched and wrote the Devon Clerks’ Manual in 2015 and has developed a training programme for clerks in Devon. She is also heavily involved with the communications aspect of Devon’s work; Fiona is the editor of The Devon Governor Magazine, compiles the termly electronic ‘Checklist’ and writes a weekly Clerks’ Alert to update governors and clerks on both national and local initiatives of interest. Fiona has recently rewritten the Job Description for the Clerk, to reflect the changes in the role, which has resulted in a re-grading of the post locally.
Devon enjoys close links with The Devon Association of Governors (DAG), where Fiona worked for several years as an Area Officer, liaising with governing bodies, representing governors at various fora and organising the twice yearly conferences held at County Hall in Exeter. Fiona maintains her links with DAG as a member of the board.
Fiona regularly delivers training sessions for clerks and governors, including bespoke events for individual governing bodies. Fiona is also a regular speaker and contributor to governance conferences.
Fiona has come from a business background, initially with the Northcliffe Newspaper Group, working throughout the country on a range of publications and organising regional and national exhibitions. More recently Fiona has run a successful business in the heart of Devon where she led the staff to achieve the nationally recognised ‘Committed to Excellence Standard' from The British Quality Foundation.
Fiona is a governor herself, with over 20 years’ experience, currently at a federation of three primaries, comprising two church schools and a community school in rural Devon. She has chaired each of the committees and the full governing body, including through Ofsted and SIAMS inspections. When the opportunity arose to turn her passion for governance into a ‘day job’ by joining the Babcock Devon Governor Support team Fiona seized the moment and seeks to bring her knowledge, positivity and enthusiasm to everything she undertakes.
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