With over 25 years industry experience Fiona understands the challenges design practices face and provides practical and simple solutions to build strategic operations, people + culture, business development and best practice.
Having started out in office management in large international management consulting firms like KPMG in Sydney and later in London, Fiona began working for architects after returning to Australia. She has worked for sole practitioners through to large established architectural, interior and urban design firms.
Her long term role was Office Manager at Cox Architecture - one of Australia's largest multi-disciplinary national and international architecture practices.
For over 10 years Fiona was responsible for Cox’s practice management including operations, internal communications, human resources, training, professional development, performance management, quality assurance practices, work health + safety, equal employment opportunity, facilities management, system improvement and day to day operations and compliance in it’s head office and sectors within it’s national offices. Fiona managed the support services team and creative services and tender/bid team. She assisted the business development function liaising with external media, marketing + PR professionals.
After leaving Cox in 2013, the last six years have seen Fiona run a practice management consulting business to both emerging and established practices. More recent contracting roles with large practices have been with PTW, Bates Smart, SJB, Turner and FJMT.
Fiona has collaborated with the NSW Architects Registration Board and NSW Institute of Architects on education initiatives and, as a long time member, is currently Chair of the NSW AIA Large Practice HR Committee. She is also a jury member for the inaugural NSW AIA ‘Best in Practice’ Prize in 2019. Fiona has presented to UTS architecture students on Media+Marketing: Theory + Practice and presented at the University of Sydney architecture student conference EMBARK on tangential and future career pathways and the changing practice of Architecture.
Fiona is a recent past Implementation Leader for the NSW AIA Male Champions of Change to drive gender equity in architecture.
Fiona is a member of WIDAC (Women in Design & Construction) and is the first Affiliate Member of the ACA (Association of Consulting Architects Australia).