Fiona joined Marts & Lundy in 2014 with 17 years of experience in leading fundraising efforts for highly respected organizations in the United Kingdom. Most recently, she had served five years as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the London School of Economics. There she was responsible for a team of London-based staff covering major gifts, annual fund, alumni relations, finance, database, prospect research, ethical screenings, stewardship and development communications. In addition, she managed a team based in New York focused on alumni relations and development activities in North America.
From 2003 to 2009, Fiona was Director of Development and Alumni Relations for Imperial College London, where she established a professional, centralized fundraising function within the Office of Alumni and Development. She introduced a coordinated major gift program, built the College’s first Development Advisory Board, developed the organization’s first annual fund program and redesigned the alumni relations activities with strategic and institutional focus.
For two years prior to joining Imperial College, Fiona was Development Director at English Heritage, where she established a professional fundraising function and led the start of the Stonehenge capital campaign. Prior to that, she led the development function at The Science Museum, where she led and completed the successful fundraising campaign for the Wellcome Wing and was responsible for coordinating the fundraising functions at the two sister museums in York and Bradford.
Before starting her career in fundraising, Fiona qualified as a Chartered Accountant and served in a variety of technical and support roles. Immediately prior to joining The Science Museum, Fiona was Head of Public Relations at Binder Hamlyn, Chartered Accountants.
Fiona was a Trustee at CASE Europe for a three-year term ending mid-2011 and continues to be actively involved with CASE activities. She is a Governor and Director of Goodenough College and a member of their Development Advisory Board.
If you asked Fiona what interests her, she’d say that she has an endless fascination for people and what makes them tick as well as an interest in books and films, with a penchant for the sentimental.
She is a keen (and not a bad) cook but an even keener consumer of good cooking, always accompanied by good wines. She keeps a welcoming and open home, fondly known by many as ‘chez Kirk.’ Fiona enjoys the company of family and friends, particularly across generations, and holidays that primarily involve lounging around in the sun – everyone needs a break!
And if you’ve met Fiona, you know of her incredible love and display of wit and humor.