After twenty years of teaching English and foreign languages in secondary schools, Fiona moved into education policy by joining the former NSW Board of Studies (now NESA) to redevelop HSC subjects. On completion of her doctoral thesis, she taught at two universities and became Head of ANU College at the Australian National University. She is a Senior Fellow with the UK’s Higher Education Academy. Her experience with students and their families in a range of educational settings enables her to approach policy development with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges from Kindergarten to Year 12 and in post-school pathways.
Following the 2014 Review of the Australian Curriculum, Fiona’s national role as Director of Curriculum at ACARA (2016-2017) was a unique opportunity to work with education authorities, schools and teachers across all sectors as they implemented the revised documents. In 2019, she co-authored a policy paper on school education for the Page Research Centre, with a particular emphasis on nation-building, academic standards and access for rural, regional and remote students.
Fiona is an Adjunct Scholar with the Centre for Independent Studies.