Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government. Fiona has been an NHS Board Nurse Director for over 22 years in Lanarkshire as well as Ayrshire prior to taking up her current position.
How did you become interested in family friendly working?
As a mother of three children, and also a leader of a mainly female workforce, I quickly realised that health care in Scotland couldn't be provided if working parents didn't have flexibility in working patterns. I've had to make the decision about caring for a child with Scarlet Fever or going to work, and also go to work after being up at night with a crotchety child - so I know how important it is to support parents.
How does family friendly working and flexibility benefit employers?
Close your eyes and think of public services without working parents – and we would soon realise that it’s essential for ongoing service delivery; not a luxury. The skills and experience that are often lost when there is a lack of flexibility can be of real detriment to the workplace.
What does good work-life balance look like?
Being able to thrive in the workplace as well as at home as a parent.
What three words best describe you?
Mother, nurse, supporter