Fiona has wide experience of Latin America, both as a senior diplomat and now through her work in the private sector. Fiona was the UK´s Ambassador to Chile from 2014 to 2018; and then Regional Ambassador, Latin America and Caribbean, COP26, from 2020 to 2022, driving diplomatic engagement, at the top of governments and business, for a Net Zero world.
She previously led the FCO (Foreign & Commonwealth Office, now FCDO) strategy on Latin America (the Canning Agenda). Fiona joined the FCO in 2001, from the Research Councils (now UKRI) to set up new work on science diplomacy and build and lead the global Science and Innovation Network (UKSIN).
Now working in the private sector, including with The Ambassador Partnership and with Deheza, she continues to focus on Latin America, business links and government relations. Fiona is a Senior Advisor to Appian Capital Advisory, a leading investor in the metals, mining and infrastructure sector. She is also an Independent Director of the Chilean Cobalt Corporation. Fiona is a Distinguished Fellow of RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) and is also Chairman of the Anglo Chilean Society and a Board member of Canning House - the UK's leading forum on Latin America. Fiona is particularly interested in the interface of mining, energy and environment issues and associated geopolitics.