Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 March 2023
Fiona has over 30 years’ experience in education (20+ in prison education), originally as a secondary school English teacher and then a prison educator, manager, government adviser, consultant inspector and researcher, specialising in prisoner education in UK and Australian prisons. She is committed to social justice and especially interested in the education and vocational training of juvenile and young adult male, female and Aboriginal prisoners.
Fiona completed her doctoral thesis exploring the relationship between engaging in adult basic skills learning in prison and desistance from crime. Her goal is to work with staff, prisoner learners, university and other external research and corporate partners to reduce the harms caused by imprisonment by creating the culture and conditions which support the journey towards desistance from crime, and to better understand the catalytic role prison education plays within this process. She is currently working for the Department of Justice Western Australia as External Partnerships Coordinator.
When not at work, Fiona is generally an uber, feeding and banking service for three busy kids and their animals.