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Fiona Adler was born in Chelmsford in Essex and educated at New Hall School, before attending University and graduating with a BA (Hons) degree. After emigrating to South Africa to train in structural engineering she stayed to work there for 10 years, during which time she travelled the country extensively.
She became a Liveryman in 1997 and was the first female to be a Freeman, Trustee of the Benevolent Fund and subsequently Master, of the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders, in the Company’s history. On her installation as Master, she was following in the footsteps of her Father and Grandfather. She is also an active member of the First Eleven, the Past Masters’ Association for 2011 and the Diamonds, the Past Masters’ Association for 2012 .
Returning to the UK from South Africa to work in the Tobacco Trade, she travelled to Europe, America, China and other Far Eastern countries, promoting UK manufactured products. Her role, expanding and diversifying the business, culminated in her appointment as joint Managing Director. After selling her shareholdings in five diversified businesses in 2000, she retrained as a Neuro Linguistic Programme (NLP) coach. She practices in Hampshire specialising in helping children to overcome bullying.
Fiona has a unique perspective as a client of the City’s Financial Services as an exporter of UK manufactured products and services and an importer of engineering commodities. Her experience is consumer driven and has encompassed a very broad range of organisations offering economic services provided by the finance industry.
Fiona is a Trustee of the Oxford and Bermondsey Youth Club, serves on the Mencap Special Events Committee and works closely with charities to enable disadvantaged young people in and around London. Previously she served as a Governor of Sevenoaks School and was the Chairman of the Mansion House Committee at Treloar’s School for 2013. She is a committee member of the Wet 10 group of Livery Companies and helps organise the Annual Debate which serves to highlight issues about water conservation.
Fiona is a member of Guild of Freemen, The City Livery Club, Queenhithe Ward Club, the United Wards Club and also a season ticket holder at Southampton Football Club (although that’s more of a guilty secret than a hobby, when you come from a family that is passionate about rugby!)
Fiona is married to David Moss, who is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders. His extensive business experience includes directorships of Valvestock, where he was the founder and Managing Director, Glynwedd PLC and Wolseley UK PLC. David is a member of The Royal Society of St George and is actively involved with local charities through the National Association of Ex Round Tablers (41 Club) and is Honorary Secretary of Hamble Valley 41 Club in Hampshire.