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Fiona Bowman MBA CBIFM FCMI
Some examples of Fiona’s speaking engagements and Media opportunities:
Executive Director – Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence – You Tube
A video interview which was included in the Refuge/ Nationwide Employers DV Policy Handbook and is available on YouTube. Fiona was Executive Director of the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence from 2004 to 2011 and in her voluntary role was asked to support members of Government at conferences and domestic violence policy launches. She was also asked to be an expert witness for a Home Office Select Committee writing the 2011 Violence Against Women and Girls white paper. This paper was approved by Parliament and has influenced the criminal justice process for DV.
Guernsey – Raising the Standards
Invited by District Judge Marilyn Mornington and Baroness Patricia Scotland to speak at a Local Government Association conference in Guernsey which was aimed at encouraging business to raise standards by putting domestic violence policies in place. Fiona spoke about how her employers saved her life by supporting her and helping her escape from a violent and abusive relationship. The conference was attended by CEOs, MDs and HR managers of many top firms in Guernsey.
Jersey – Campaign Launch - 2011
Invited by Jersey Women’s Refuge to come and launch a new campaign to encourage employers in Jersey to put in place domestic violence policies and support staff who are affected. After the event Fiona went on to do interviews on Jersey TV and BBC Channel Islands radio. After the event and the media appearances the Refuge helpline received over 50% more calls from people seeking help.
Jersey Open Door Campaign – Flyer for Event
Cambridge City Council – Launch of Policy - 2015
Invited by Cllr Anne Sinnott to launch the Cambridge City Council Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Forum. The policy has now been rolled out to all 3000 of the staff of the council and they are now engaging with local businesses to encourage them to put domestic violence policies in place.
Newcastle City Council – Launch of Policy – October 2013
Invited by Newcastle City Council to launch their Domestic Violence Policy and raise awareness for staff and managers of the importance of the role of employers in the lives of victims and perpetrators. This has not only been rolled out to all staff in Newcastle, but Dame Vera Baird the PCC (Police Commissioner) for Northumbria has now taken a video of Fiona’s testimony across Northumbria, running training sessions and raising awareness. Other PCCs have followed her lead and are using the training materials. It is now a requirement of Newcastle City Council that all managers will do Domestic Violence Awareness Training. They engaged Respect the charity to do a staff survey and went back a year later to measure the impact of the launch. Significant improvements in awareness and support have been recorded.
Behind Closed Doors – Guildhall – November 2014
Fiona spoke alongside the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alan Yarrow, Commander of City of London Police, Wayne Chance, and other speakers. This event was organised by City of London Police. They are now rolling out training sessions to all COLP 800 officers and to businesses in the City of London. The Lord Mayor was so impressed with the powerful nature and impact of the conference he has given the organising team (of which Fiona is a member) the Mansion House on 27th October 2015, to run another similar event.
Mindful Employers Swindon – 6th November 2014
Mark Harper MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, spoke alongside Fiona at this conference where she received a standing ovation. Her insight and experience as a victim and her subsequent successful achievements, partnered with the impacts of her years of abuse on her as an employee, helped the audience understand the dynamics of domestic violence and the steps that employers can take to support staff. Her presentation received a standing ovation.
Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence – July 2010 - Article
Basildon Women’s Aid – Trustee and Secretary to the Board 2005 to 2015
Fiona Bowman has been a Trustee and Secretary to the Board for 10 years and has supported the work of the Refuge both by mentoring the CEO and the trustees and also by fundraising. The Friends of Refuge Kids Ball she has helped to organise held each year since 2010 has raised over £125,000. She has recently had to step down from her role because of other voluntary commitments but has made a significant impact on what has become one of the most commercially successful refuges in the UK by bringing local businesses on board to financially support the work of the refuge as government funding cuts have taken their toll.
AAFDA – AGM Swindon Council Offices
Frank Mullane’s sister and nephew were murdered by her ex-husband as a result of domestic violence. There were a whole series of mishandlings and poor responses which may have contributed. Frank has set up a charity AAFDA to support the families of victims and to help them get a Home Office Judicial Review carried out after the event. Fiona was asked to come and speak at the AGM to highlight the impacts of being a victim of domestic violence and the importance of policies and procedures being put in place in business and in the police service and other agencies.
Refuge – international Women’s Day Guildhall Event
During International Women’s Day 8th March 2010, Fiona was one of the speakers at the event at the Guildhall, City of London. Jo Brand, Patron of Refuge, hosted the event and Fiona spoke about the importance of employers in the lives of victims and the work that refuge is doing to support businesses. She also spoke about the work that she does with refuge and the Safer City Partnership, running lunchtime sessions for HR managers and facilities managers. This event is attended by over 1000 senior managers from businesses in the City and the proceeds go to Refuge, raising over £20,000.
Refuge/ Respect - Employers Manual
Nationwide Foundation provided funds for Refuge and Respect to create an employers’ manual to assist them in setting up domestic violence policies and training. Fiona assisted with the writing of the document, endorsed the finished article, and took part in a video interview which is on the DVD that forms part of the training package. This has been widely distributed in the UK and is a recognised resource for domestic violence training having been shown to many thousands of managers and staff all up and down the country.
Respect / Refuge – Support for Employers Manual
Per the previous item - Attached is a copy of the manual which is available on the Internet.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust – National Stalking Awareness Day – Conference April 2014
As an expert on domestic violence and stalking, Fiona was also asked to speak at a conference organised by the Suzy Lamplugh stalking charity. Her presentation was directed at the simple solutions that employers can put in place to support victims of stalking and DV using existing infrastructure and using technology. The event was for facilities managers and security managers and was advertised in This Week in FM.
Paladin - Stalking Charity article
Fiona has spoken on many occasions alongside Laura Richards, CEO of Paladin the stalking charity. Laura is a forensic psychologist who has made many TV programmes and has worked with Scotland Yard on a number of high level investigations into domestic violence homicides. Fiona has supported Paladin and Laura at a number of conferences and together their presentations give great insight into the dynamics of coercion and control, the basis of domestic violence.
Scottish Daily Record Article
CIPD Article - Oct 2014
The work that Fiona does often attracts the attention of the media and this is an example of where a professional publication has run an article and asked for personal testimony to support the article.
Alumni of the Month January 2010 London South Bank University
Fiona studied for her MBA part time at London South Bank University and in January 2010 was delighted to be their Alumni of the Month, giving her an opportunity to reflect her successes both in business and also as a speaker against domestic violence.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Speech - Addleshaw Goddard
As Executive Director of the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence, while she was employed by ISS at Addleshaw Goddard, Fiona was asked to co-ordinate a conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where she also presented. She was able to raise awareness by inviting the Addleshaw Goddard Diversity and Inclusion manager along to the event. It was attended by Baroness Patricia Scotland and several Government ministers.
Faith Groups - GLOW Ministry – St Johns Church Hornchurch
Fiona also takes opportunities to speak to faith groups about domestic violence and her campaign to raise awareness in business.
Workplace Violence website
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