The work stuff

What I do now

In addition to running Destination McGregor, I take on projects on a freelance basis ranging from helping local businesses secure their liquor licenses and working with them to streamline systems and procedures for succession and compliance purposes, to Google sites, simple wordpress sites, designing simple leaflets as well as short term writing projects.

Find some examples here

What I did then

Based in McGregor, in the Winelands of the Western Cape, South Africa, I ran an education and training management consultancy for more than 20 years. The advent of the Internet and broadband meant that I was able to work with clients in both South Africa and abroad, successfully maximising time and costs for all concerned. Consultancy services specialised in project conceptualisation, policy analysis, systems development, quality assurance and compliance as well as the development of learning materials. Over the time, clients included tertiary education institutions (local and international), sector education and training authorities (skills boards), private companies, government departments and donors, as well as grassroots community organisations.

Details of past work are here

Credentials

I have a Bachelor of Arts and Higher Diploma in Education from Rhodes University, as well as the Certificate in the Principles and Techniques of Fundraising, a joint initiative by the Fundraising School at Indiana University, in the USA, and Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF). Because of my role in the development and implementation of the Certificate in Fundraising Management programme at the University of South Africa, I also hold this qualification.  I was accepted as a Ph D candidate a few years ago, but did not pursue it.

Initiatives

I co-founded the SkillZHub, a social enterprise that shared information and provided a discussion forum on skills development and occupational training, and was co-developer of The Quality Management Framework© for small training providers. This ISO 9001-based framework can be successfully applied to other small businesses.

Before starting Fiona Cameron Consulting, I lived in Johannesburg where I worked in both the private and non-profit sectors, in various capacities, ranging from the development of educational materials while at SACHED, to administration and fundraising. I was an administrative officer in the Minerals Council South Africa (formerly the Chamber of Mines), and while in the parking industry, administered 29 car parks with revenues averaging R 1 million each, per month. During my time as a fundraiser, I exceeded her income targets and conducted funding negotiations with senior people in both business and diplomatic sectors.

After leaving Johannesburg, I lived in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, where I was Regional Training Co-ordinator of the housing programme for the Independent Development Trust, and worked with a diverse number of community and development organisations.

Volunteer work

In my personal capacity, I was a member of the board of the Access Trust for nearly 10 years, an NGO which she chaired for six years and which provided bursaries for disadvantaged young people to attend technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges. In that capacity, I twice contributed articles to the FET College Times.
For a period, I served as an elected member of the CHIETA’s Western Cape Regional Consultative Committee, representing small business and skills development providers and also served as a co-opted member and Chairman of Cape Town Child Welfare Society’s Marketing and Funding Committee. As a member of the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF) from 1991 until 2000, I was both National Treasurer and Chairman of the Western Cape Branch. As a member and chair the National Council’s Education Committee, was instrumental in initiating the development of an education and training programme for the fundraising profession in South Africa.

As a volunteer in the street children movement, during the late 1980’s, I served on the Board of Management of Boys’ Towns South Africa; as Chairman of Project Street Children – Education and Social Support, I initiated the Johannesburg Street Children Coordinating Committee. In 1991, Fiona received the Hillbrow Rotary Club Achiever of the year award as “Top Individual”.