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Professor Fiona Ross CBE

Kingston and St George’s


Fiona Ross has a background in community health and social policy and has worked as a practitioner, teacher, research leader and senior manager over a 35 year career in Higher Education. She has worked at King’s College London as a Professor and Director of a Research Unit, and had the first nursing Chair at St George’s Hospital Medical School.


Before joining the Leadership Foundation as Director of Research she was Executive Dean of Kingston University and St George’s, University of London’s Joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. She was corporate lead for equalities at Kingston University for 5 years and, alongside Nona McDuff, initiated the system wide work to address the attainment gap experienced by BME students. She has published widely on care of older people, public engagement, collaborative practice, leadership and equalities in health services and Higher Education. Currently Fiona is a part-time Professor at Kingston and St George’s and engaged on funded research projects focused on the health care workforce, particularly nursing and community nursing, as well as supporting the work of the Directorate of Student Achievement at Kingston University.


She is a member of REF2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel and Chair of the Board of Trustees at Princess Alice Hospice in Esher. She is a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and President of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research. She was awarded a CBE for services to nursing and Higher Education in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List.