Fiona is Vice Principal and Dean of Lay Ministry at Ridley Hall.
Combining the role of Vice Principal with that of Dean of Lay Ministry is a new step for the College, reflecting the significance that Ridley places on becoming a beacon of Christian learning and formation for those called to a wide range of lay ministries as well as for those training for ordination.
Alongside her leadership of lay-ministry training, as Vice Principal of Ridley Hall, Fiona works closely with the Principal, tutorial staff and ordinands to contribute to shaping an approach to formation that is fit for the twenty-first century church.
Fiona’s passion is to see people, inspired by the Holy Spirit, trained and equipped to share the gospel in the communities of which that are a part.
- Personal Background
Fiona was born in Cambridge, and studied engineering there, before leaving to spend 10 years working as a civil and structural engineer in England, Ireland and Australia, including a particularly happy year working on site in Belfast.
She then experienced a profound call to work for an ecumenical charity in St Petersburg, Russia, where she was involved in capacity building for a wide range of church social projects, culminating in the development of an HIV/Aids project for young people in North-West Russia.
It was this experience that led her to return to Cambridge, initially to study theology as an independent student at Ridley Hall, before sensing a further call to ordination.
Following ordination, Fiona served in two parishes in the Stepney Area of the London Diocese, one in north London, and another in the heart of the East End. Whilst at the latter, she developed a new LLM training programme to encourage lay training for a broad range of lay ministries in the Diocese.
She then went on to serve as Stepney Intern Director, Assistant Area Director of Ordinands and member of the Training Team, for the Stepney Episcopal Area. She is also a Steering Group member of the Church of England’s Ministry Experience Scheme (MES).
Fiona comes from a large family, and has now has eight nephews and nieces.
She enjoys walking, reading, travelling and catching up with friends. She hopes, at some point in the not too distant future, to complete the Camino de Santiago, stages of which she has already walked with friends.
Fiona studied engineering at Cambridge University, and went on to qualify as a Chartered Engineer and to become a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
She returned to Cambridge to train for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. She also has a diploma in Pastoral Theology from Anglia Ruskin University.
She has recently completed a three year course in Ignatian Spirituality at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction.