Fiona holds a BSc in Biological Sciences (London, 1982) and a MA in the sociology of science and technology: Society, Science and Nature (Lancaster, 1999). As an experienced teacher she has worked with nursery, primary and secondary children in state schools and as an outreach-education officer; PGCE (Bristol, 1984). In September 2005 she attended the Wellcome Trust Summer School in Neuroscience, Ethics and Society. Fiona is awaiting her PhD viva in May 2007 in human-biotechnology relations - Uncanny Belongings: Bioethics and the technologies of fashioning flesh.
Prior experience includes teaching in socially deprived and ethnically diverse schools in the North East of England and London; with responsibilities for special needs and child protection policy implementation, curricular maths and science. As outreach-education officer for the Zoological Society of London at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park she worked with children and adults, schools and universities, the public and the media. Here she delivered the City and Guilds animal management course with the veterinary staff. She has also worked in museum education. More recently Fiona has chaired and represented a local autism support group, and contributed to working parties for autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) services, ASD research, and patient participation in the training of medical staff. She occasionally works as a freelance facilitator.