Fiona Hirst.

Director of People & Culture | Human Resources

About Fiona

Fiona is responsible for all aspects of the People function at PEM, from strategic planning to operational delivery, supporting the entire employee life-cycle.

In HR, Fiona has been given the opportunity and responsibility to shape the employee experience and drive a positive and inclusive culture. Her ambition is to transform all aspects of the people agenda, with a strong focus on culture and inclusion, and to be the Cambridge employer of choice.

Fiona started her career as an employment lawyer and moved over to HR 12 years ago. During her career, She has worked for different types of organisations and developed a broad and thorough knowledge of all aspects of people management. Fiona’s experience has taught her the value of HR having a thorough commercial understanding as well as the human resources knowledge and she is enrolled to start her MBA in 2024.

Fiona passions include running, riding her horse and walking her Westie – And is happiest outside on a sunny day doing something active. She also has a love for interior design and property development.

Tell us something most people don’t know about you.

I was scouted to play basketball for England U18s when I was playing county basketball at 13 – I was already 6ft tall and quite fast. Given I am here, that tells you I declined the opportunity politely!