Fiona began her career in optics as an 18 year old when she enrolled on a course at Glasgow College of Technology (now Glasgow Caledonian University) in Ophthalmic Dispensing. She left 2 years later with her diploma ‘With Commendation’.
Fiona worked as a Dispensing Optician for an independent group of opticians in the north east of Scotland becoming a Regional Manager and Group Training Manager. During this time she gained a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration graduating from Brunel University in 2003.
Fiona joined Ythan Opticians in 2012 as Dispensing Director. She gained a qualification in spectacle manufacture and became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (SMCTech).
Professionally, Fiona’s main interests are training & mentoring – she regularly lectures & delivers workshops at optical events both at home in the UK and overseas. She is involved in the delivery of Continuing Education & Training (CET) and is passionate about quality spectacle dispensing, spectacle lens design and paediatric dispensing.
Fiona was the President of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians until April 2018. She is currently the President of the International Opticians Association.
In her time out of practice, Fiona enjoys travelling and fine dining.