Board Member Spotlight: Fiona Kane5th May 2023
Fiona joined the Outdoor Recreation NI Board just before the start of 2023 and you can see below why she is a perfect fit for the organisation.
Fiona is a native of Belfast, educated at Queen’s University where she first completed a BA Honours in English Language and Literature and a PGCE in English, Drama and RE. She also holds a Masters of Education in Leadership and Management from the University of Ulster. Fiona is an Associate Education Advisor and a Fellow of the Chartered Council of Teaching.
Her first teaching appointment was as a teacher of English and Drama in De La Salle College, Belfast, a large (1200 pupils) all boys, non-selective and all ability comprehensive school. For the last 18 months of her service, she was Acting Principal. During her time in De La Salle College, Fiona successfully led the school through the Investors in People Award and the Inclusion Quality Mark.
She was appointed Principal of Lismore Comprehensive in Craigavon, a large (1200 pupils) co-educational, non-selective and all ability comprehensive school in December 2013 and took up post in April 2014. During her time at Lismore, the school was announced for a capital build, the development of which Fiona led until taking up her current post.
She was appointed Principal of St Ronan’s College in Lurgan, a large (1850 pupils) non-selective, co-educational voluntary grammar school in January 2020 and took up post in March 2020 two weeks before the first Covid-19 related lockdown.
She has also held the offices of Chair of the Craigavon Area Learning Community, the Chair of the Catholic Principals’ Association and committee representative on the Post Primary Principal’s EA Southern Region Association and she is currently a member of the DE Principals’ Practitioner Group and Catholic Heads Association.
Fiona is passionate about reading, lifelong learning, and the pursuit of educational excellence as a means to removing social and other barriers for young people. Like many people, during the lockdown periods associated with Covid-19, Fiona re-engaged with the great outdoors and has enjoyed plenty of walking in nature across Ireland since.
She lives in Moira with her husband, two children and their dog.