An early introduction to work with the Inland Revenue in her home town of Solihull led Fiona to seek refuge at the University of Birmingham, as a mature student, in the mid-eighties. With a degree in Theology under her belt she found a new career at Yorkshire Television in 1987.
After a number of years as a programme maker, predominantly in religious programming and current affairs, Fiona took up the challenge of part-time lecturing at Trinity and All Saints (now Leeds Trinity University). Combining telly, biblical studies and lecturing was the perfect combination for Fiona as she progressed through the University structures, moved to York St John University.
Fiona retired in January 2019 as Deputy Vice Chancellor after 25 years of service to the academic community and to many thousands of graduates, however her biblical studies continued with a Masters and a PhD through the University of Leeds.
Fiona has been a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency since 2010, has been a Governor at York College and is delighted to continue her passion for, and involvement in, education in her role as a Governor at Bradford College.
Fiona continues her work with the TV community through her role with the Royal Television Society and volunteers weekly at Bradford Royal Infirmary’s hospital radio station: ‘Radio Royal’.
She also volunteers for the Cinnamon Trust (an animal charity that seeks to help people retain their pets at home during times of illness or crisis) and with the Royal Voluntary Service via their NHS Good Sam App.
In her spare time Fiona enjoys reading, writing and music – she is in two choirs and also plays the ukulele (badly). Fiona also likes nothing more than spending time with her partner, Rachel, and their two cats.
For more information on Fiona Thompson or Bradford College’s other governors, please email the Clerk to the Corporation.