Fiona’s title is Principal Project Manager and is the Business Development Manager for the Location Solutions team that sits under the Location and Technology group.
Fiona’s focus is on the efficient delivery of our geospatial solutions for clients within the Location and Technology group. Responsible for specific projects as well as the overall programme delivery, Fiona ensures the strategic direction of the group is met.
After completing her Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Information Systems and Management Science at the University of Canterbury her interest in geography led her to complete a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Massey University.
Whilst studying for her PGDip in GIS she worked for Terralink in Wellington before the OE called, leading to further GIS roles at the Hammersmith and Fulham Council and AboveNet Telecommunications both located in London.
Not ready to move back to New Zealand and with an opportunity to move into a business analyst role for Orion Health in their Sydney office, another move was made in late 2010. During her time in Sydney her passion was formed for software services working on the development and rollout of the NSW Health eBlueBook (equivalent to the Plunket book in NZ) and a chronic disease management system for Hunter New England Health. With a move into project management working once again with NSW Health on their Clinical Portal for the rollout of federal Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record.
By mid-2014 Fiona moved back to Auckland and continued working for Orion Health head office in a variety of project management roles before joining Abley in 2019.
Fiona lives in Auckland with her three children and husband. Between working at Abley, school runs and ferrying children to extracurricular activities, Fiona persists with running, enjoys ocean swimming and loves to ski.
As a project manager it is all too easy to determine a project’s success based on theoretical measures. What excites Fiona, however, is visiting customer’s for example, a years’ time to understand how the implementation has changed their processes for the better, what is working for them and perhaps what isn’t. The true measure of a successful project is a new piece of software that makes a difference to people’s lives and is readily adopted and used by stakeholders.