Fiona François

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Fiona François
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Born (1980-05-22) 22 May 1980 (age 37)
York, North Yorkshire, England
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Alma mater Northumbria University
Occupation Chief of Staff at InvestCloud, President of BABC LA, Former British Diplomat, HM Consul and Regional Director, UK Trade and Investment
Years active 2001 –2014
Spouse(s) Eric H François (2006-present)
Children One son, one daughter

Fiona Jane François (born Fiona Jane Mackay, 22 May 1980) is President of the British American Business Council, Los Angeles Chapter.[1] She is also Chief of Staff at InvestCloud, Inc. and was formally HM Consul and Director for the Western Region of UK Trade & Investment’s US Network.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Born in York, North Yorkshire,[1] she studied Economics, Politics and Sociology at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle upon Tyne where she graduated with honours before joining Her Majesty's service. In 2009 Fiona François was appointed HM Consul and Director for the Western Region of UK Trade & Investment’s US Network. Based at the British Consulate-General in Los Angeles,[4]

Britweek[edit]

Fiona François is a Member of the Board of BritWeek,[1][5] a not for profit organization focusing on the British contribution to business, film, fashion and music in Southern California.

Brits Give Back[edit]

Through Britweek, Francois supports various charities including, LA's BEST, Malaria No More, Save The Children, Virgin Unite[6]

Business Innovation Awards[edit]

Fiona François created the first ever UKTI / Britweek Business Innovation Awards in 2010 for Businesses with joint operations in the UK and California to be recognized for their achievements in innovation before an audience of elite international commercial players, as well as the wider California business community. François shortlists finalist in each category to be judged by renowned business leaders. Past judges were, Andy Bird Chairman of Walt Disney International, Ian Callum Design Director for Jaguar,[7] Carlos Amezcua, Co-Anchor Fox 11 News[8] and Sir Ken Robinson Internationally Renowned Creativity Expert.[9] Past honored speakers were Simon Cowell,[10] Nigel Lythgoe[11] and Frank Mottek.[12]

British American Business Council[edit]

Fiona is President of the British American Business Council (BABC) and actively supports the chapters in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, the Pacific North West, Chicago and Houston[13]

L.A. Business Journal's "Women Making A Difference" Awards[edit]

In 2013, François was one of the top 5 finalists for the L.A. Business Journal’s "Women Making A Difference" Awards. Fiona was one of 252 nominees for the 2013 Awards in the "Rising Star" category.[14][15]

Career and professional appointments[edit]

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Publications and presentations[edit]

  • (April, 2010) Organizer and Speaker, Britweek and UKTI Business Innovation Awards in Beverly Hills, California[16][17]
  • (April, 2011) Organizer and Speaker, Britweek and UKTI Business Innovation Award at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, as part of the 2011 BABC Conference.[18]
  • (March, 2012) Honored Guest Speaker, British American Business Council Pacific North West Annual General Meeting in Seattle, WA[19]
  • (April, 2012) Organizer and Speaker, Britweek and UKTI Business Innovation Awards in Beverly Hills, California[20]
  • (April, 2013) Organizer and Speaker, Britweek and UKTI Business Innovation Awards in Beverly Hills, California[7]

Other appearances[edit]

Britweek,[21] Emmy's,[22] Golden Globe,[23] Sundance,[24] BABC,[25] Other[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Fiona Francois". Brit Week. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Department for International Trade USA". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  5. ^ [3][dead link]
  6. ^ "Mission Statement". Brit Week. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  7. ^ a b "BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards 2013 Were Presented to Five Outstanding Companies Creating Business Ties between the UK and California". Business Wire. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  8. ^ [4][dead link]
  9. ^ "BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards 2012 Now Underway". Marketwire.com. 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  10. ^ "Simon Cowell Talks 'American Idol' Exit; Nigel Lythgoe Hopes To 'Trample All Over' Paula". Access Hollywood. 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  11. ^ [5][dead link]
  12. ^ "News about Frank Mottek". Frankmottek.com. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  13. ^ [6][dead link]
  14. ^ "Women Making a Difference" (PDF). Cbjonline.com. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  15. ^ [7][dead link]
  16. ^ "BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards Photos and Images". Getty Images. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  17. ^ "The Definitive City Guide: Los Angeles". Justluxe.com. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  18. ^ "ReachLocal Wins UK Trade & Investment Business Innovation Award! - ReachLocal Blog". Blog.reachlocal.com. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  19. ^ [8][dead link]
  20. ^ "BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards 2012 Now Underway". Finance.yahoo.com. 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  21. ^ "Gala dinner - D30_5691". Archive.britweek.org. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  22. ^ "Fiona Francois - The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals | 2 Pictures". Contactmusic.com. 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  23. ^ "Golden Globe Lunch Hosted By BritWeek Chairman Bob Peirce Honoring Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame And Michelle Dockery Photos and Images". Getty Images. 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  24. ^ "UK Film Reception At Sundance - 2012 Park City Photos and Images". Getty Images. 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  25. ^ [9][dead link]
  26. ^ [10][dead link]