About Dr. Fiona Peters
Researcher. Speaker. Consultant. Author.
I am a UK based leading expert in Neurodiversity in the workplace and in my personal life, as well as an authority on the impact of the mixed-race classification in organisations and families.
My dog Nahla the cockapoo is never too far away, while I walk in the woods, write, cook healthy food and hang out with my family. She is not mature enough to start her therapy dog training, yet!
I like to read. Love to write. During lockdown i mostly missed live music and dancing.
I coach a talented under 13s girls team twice a week and compete in a Sunday League. I love watching girls develop life skills through competitive sport.
I love Go-Karting because it gets my adrenaline high. I like being creative from doing up old houses and creating nice interiors to cooking as it lets me soften my focus. I love to do yoga and meditate and take my health and well-being seriously. I always take random reportage style photographs and love to see people behaving naturally and the natural range of human expression.
My career is diverse and I have had over twenty different types of jobs! Clearly, like a challenge, learning new things and meeting new people but also recognise that my executive function creates challenges in most traditional workplaces.
I have travelled a lot, most of America and Canada, all of Europe, most of the Caribbean, Thailand and its islands and top of my list yet to visit are Japan and Sweden.
My family keeps me grounded but they also indulge my interests and choices and I know that it gives them permission to do new things. They are my favourite people to be with.
My background in research began in Documentary and News and Current Affairs followed by academia as a Sociology PhD candidate before moving into research, lecturing and consultancy.
My first book was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 and was short-listed for being an innovative, definitive and solution focussed examination of diversity in social care.
My late adulthood ADHD diagnosis enables me to embrace my strengths of creativity, hyperfocus and communication and is a driver for understanding and harnessing the talents of people with Neurodiverse conditions at work.
I am of Mixed Race; my mother is from Dominica and my father from Sweden and I was born in the UK. My personal experience offers a unique perspective on the impact environments have on the ability to survive or thrive. My second non-fiction book was selected for the HarperCollins’ inaugural Author Academy in 2021.
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My job is to champion leaders in developing innovative solutions for their specific goals through open conversations which understand people and to share the most effective tools to drive transformation with optimism.
I am a lecturer, trainer, interviewer and can create and deliver inspiring content to a range of clients.
I am a skilled qualitative researcher and Sociologist with a background in Broadcast Journalism.
Consulting my Sociological training and research skills offer organisations cutting edge experience and an opportunity to lead the field in relation to your Diversity agenda.
I am able to write compelling content and can write for diverse audiences as well as distill complex information into accessible everyday language.
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As to the students, I know that they enjoyed the fast-moving pace and that it was pitched just right – never an easy task with new students coming from diverse primary and prep schools. What was delivered to the students very much joined up with the messages to the parents and so, as a school, we feel that our pastoral aims have been supported at both home and school levels.
Fiona is an excellent communicator – open, friendly and extremely well-informed. Her personal experiences, alongside her academic background, help her to be an authority on adolescent matters. I have received nothing but delighted e-mails form the parents to whom she spoke!”
“The presentation was engaging from the start, with the true story that she told and the key themes that ran throughout wereRead more “Mr Osei-Tutu – Head of Media Studies, Colfes School”
“Excellent presentation, so important to start the year in the right way sharing the knowledge and experience on RacialRead more “Ella Johnson – Drama Teacher, Colfes School”
“Fiona’s episode is incredible, I just listened to it yesterday and I felt so called out by so many of her perfectionism quotes but in a good/necessary way! She did a great job!” Listen to theRead more “Grace, Podcast Producer on Tracy Otsuka’s ADHD for Smart A**e Women”
“Thank you to Fiona for joining me on my podcast How Not to Run a Business. Fiona has such a refreshing approach. She’s open, honest, knowledgeable, and fun. Everything you could ask from a guest and more.” Listen to theRead more “Jeremy Jacobs, podcast host of How Not To Run A Business”
“I have had Dr. Peters on my podcast Overcoming Distractions a couple times and her depth of knowledge in the world of adult ADHD as well as her very clear advice has been a true asset to my show. She has a laid out the adult ADHD experience in both home life and in the workplace methodically and listeners have been able to understand how to take the next steps by identifying how ADHD shows up in various parts of their lives.”
“Fiona presented at the FSB London & Thames Valley Minority Ethnics Virtual Networking event and opened our eyes to the challenges faced by business owners with ADHD, and how we can also support them with a little understanding of how it impacts their day to dayRead more “Federation of Small Business”
“A massive thank you to Dr. Fiona Peters for her eye-opening presentation on the challenges faced by #ADHD business owners and her simple tips to try and make tasksRead more “Federation of Small Business”
“Fiona was the main speaker at our staff training session this year. She spoke with confidence and conviction, engaging an audience of more than 200 teachers and support staff with clarity and authority. Her presentation was by some margin the most impressive that I have heard on the subject of race and anti-racism and I have no doubt that she will have made a lasting impact.”
Yesterday was AMAZING! Thoroughly enjoyed being part of the workshop
Fiona is a BOSS- I stood there in the hall in awe, total woman crush.
The way Fiona commanded the space was phenomenal, the fine balance between, praise, laughter and seriousness was just so on point. The personal touches of giving a little bit of you allowed the workshop to be accessible to everyone on so many different levels.
I especially loved the moment when Fiona empowered the YR10 girls by reminding them that they are role models to the YR9s and just giving them those words of encouragement lit up their faces paired with some embarrassing smiles but also recognising their importance.
I look forward to Fiona’s return, I so hope it is when we have a live assembly, and it is shared with some of the younger year groups too. Having a woman on stage and a black woman on stage is something our kids have needed and yearn for. I wish I was as fortunate to have a workshop like this when I was a school kid, you would be surprised how lasting these experiences are for us.
Thanks so much
“Dr Fiona Peters is a brilliant, engaging and eloquent speaker, who is able to bring complex societal issues into accessible and relatable stories. She features in our documentary ‘Like a girl’ where she provided insightful and well-informed contributions on the intersectionality of race and gender in sports today. Passionate and inspirational, Dr Fiona Peters is able to challenge her audience while creating empathy and connection with the realities of people present behind the social or societal discussion, for us all to look at change with a greater understanding and a little bit more courage.”
Fiona began her career with the BBC as a television researcher in News and Current Affairs and Specialist Factual, leaving to pursue a PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths. She is beginning a new and exciting chapter as a non-fiction writer, winning a coveted place on the Harper Collins Author Academy in 2020-21. She is on a mission to share unheard experiences, stories and ideas to open up new perspectives on how we see the world and ourselves; to inspire action and create social change.
The Necessary Rebels Podcast invited Dr. Fiona Peters, who illustrated a very niche area to the audience in a relatable way. Her interview spanned several socially, culturally, and ethnically sensitive subjects which she translated with care, thoughtfulness, and balanced viewpoints.
Dr. Fiona Peters presented complex issues with skill, often drawing on professional and personal experience to convey topics in everyday terms. Her interview style was conversational and commands an audience by offering brave insights and contrasting views, unafraid to challenge the status quo or speak her truth!