From 2001 to 2012 Fiona was director-general of the National Trust. She has worked for environmental charities (Council for National Parks and CPRE) all her adult life, except for a three year stint in the Cabinet Office as director of the Women’s Unit (1998–2001).
She is fascinated by land use and rural policy, and the way nature, history and beauty inspire people to want to become engaged in their protection. Fiona has recently become Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and holds non-executive roles in the BBC and Wessex Water.
Fiona became chair of Green Alliance in December 2014. Commenting on taking up the role, she said
“I’ve always admired Green Alliance for its intelligent positioning of the environmental case, incredible contacts and ability to reach the decision makers with persuasive and articulate arguments. I’m delighted to be taking over as chair of Green Alliance as it launches its ambitious new strategy to shape the next era of policy making”