Twenty years of teaching foreign languages and English in government and non-government secondary schools in Australia and the United States established solid foundations for Fiona’s doctoral thesis, leadership roles and education research. Her subsequent work at the former NSW Board of Studies (now NESA), two universities and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) addressed the practical challenges of teaching and learning, curriculum development and implementation, and the efficient use of financial, human and academic resources to achieve educational goals.
As Head of ANU College at the Australian National University, Fiona led a large team preparing international and domestic students for entry to undergraduate and postgraduate programs. As Director of Curriculum at ACARA, she collaborated with federal, state and territory education authorities in support of all sectors and schools, concurrently managing international research projects and partnerships to enhance opportunities for Australian and overseas students and educators. Fiona is the author of a range of publications on Australian schooling, including a policy paper for the Page Research Centre that emphasises access for rural, regional and remote students. She is the Commonwealth Minister for Education’s nominee on the ACARA Board.