Fiona has a rare set of gifts, and they keep giving. An exemplary executive and uncommon advisor, she has an incisive mind, decisive hand, inclusive manner and questing spirit - everything one could wish from a leader and mentor. Am consistently struck by her ability to see through to the truth of a situation and draw clear actions from it. She is always very conscious of all that surrounds her with an enormous zest for life and drive to make a difference.
— James Scroggs - Mentor at TechStars

Vital Space is my coaching, facilitation and training consultancy based on Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment™.

When Nancy published her first book in 1999, my boss at the time, Christopher Spence CBE, Chief Executive of Volunteering England - and Nancy’s husband -introduced me to The Thinking Environment. I took it into YouthNet where I was Chief Executive for 11 years and I believe it was key to us winning Charity Times 'Best Charity To Work For 2008'.

Following a successful 30 year career in the voluntary sector, I came to realise that my new purpose in life was to inspire, support and enable people, often leaders, to master their own vital space and find their own path to fulfilment and success - in work and life generally - however they choose to define it.  



Fiona is an experienced coach, advisor and organisational leader with a distinguished career in the voluntary sector.  She is a qualified Time To Think consultant and an accredited Thinking Environment coach and facilitator.

Her career spans 30 years in a wide variety of voluntary sector organisations, including chief executive of YouthNet, the UK’s first not-for-profit, for 11 years. YouthNet ran, (now The Mix) the award-winning guide to life for 16- to 25-year-olds and the National Volunteering Database,

During the course of her career, Fiona has served on a wide variety of boards and advisory groups. She is currently a trustee of Windsor Leadership and MAC-UK, and also chairs the School for CEOs' Foundation.


  • YouthNet won The Charity Times Best Charity to Work For 2008 

  • The CBE for services to volunteering in the New Year's Honours List 2012 and the OBE for services to the voluntary sector in 2003  

  • Winner of Charity Times Outstanding Individual Achievement Award 2010