Programme Sponsor / Senior Policy Advisor – Fiona

Describe your job in couple of sentences:

I am the Programme Sponsor for a £1 billion road scheme and other. This also includes advising UK government ministers on such schemes, and working closely with the delivery body, Highways England, to ensure schemes are delivered to time, cost and schedule.

When did you know what you wanted to do?

When I found myself voluntarily reading about transport instead of stuff about the job and industry I was in – Pensions! It is in this moment that I knew that a career in Pensions was not for me!

Did you go to university, go straight into the workforce or do an apprenticeship? Went to university
What did you study?

Ba (Hons) Politics, Philosophy, Economics (PPE); Money, Banking and Finance

What was your first job

Graduate Trainee for Standard Chartered Bank, London

Does it relate to what you do now?


Have you done other jobs in your life – if so what were they?

Yes – Strategy Analyst for Prudential Plc, Product Manager for Kensington Mortgages Plc, Senior Policy Advisor for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP); and now Programme Sponsor / Senior Policy Advisor for the Department for Transport

Did they have any influence on what you do now?


How did you find out about your job (how it existed)?

Recruitment Ad

How did you get the job you wanted- steps and process?

Applied for the job.

Give 3 tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps:

Go where your passion, mind and heart takes you.

Never abandon self-development – seize training and career development opportunities.

Know yourself, and know you can do it if that’s what you want to do!

Who inspires you?:

My parents