Portrait of  Fiona Hesselden Fiona Hesselden

f.hesselden@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471367


Position: Research Assistant
Department: Department of Management
Research Group: Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities (CSRC)


  • 2012 University of Huddersfield, MSc Risk, Disaster & Environmental Management
  • 1987 St Andrew’s University, BSc (Hons) Geography

Fiona joined CSRC in 2014 after a 20+ year career in the not for profit sector working for a number of national and international charities in senior fundraising and communications roles.  Areas of experience and expertise in this sector include emergency response comms, strategy development, budgeting, planning, branding and leading and managing teams and individuals.  Fiona has experience of managing projects which bring together fundraising, communication and service delivery colleagues alongside the corporate sector, private individuals and foundations.

Previous roles include:

  • Head of Fundraising & Communications for MAG,  Mines Advisory Group, (2013-2014)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Huddersfield, academic year 2012/13
  • Independent Fundraising & Management Consultant (2010-2013) working with voluntary and private sector organisations including UNHCR, WSPA International, Voices for Change (Golley Slater), YMCA, National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB).
  • UNICEF UK, 1994-2009; Director of Fundraising (2005-2009); member of UNICEF’s five-person Directorate team reporting directly to Trustees with joint responsibility for the overall strategic direction and management of the organisation. 
  • Prior to this, roles at Shelter, the National Campaign for Homeless People and NSPCC.

Research and Scholarship

Areas of particular interest include sustainability issues in relation to natural resources including forests, food production and renewable energy, particularly in developing economies, as well as humanitarian disaster response and the creation of more resilient communities. Fiona is currently undertaking a part-time PhD looking at the coffee value chain from a PEG (poverty, environment and gender) perspective. 

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Beddewela, E., Warin, C., Hesselden, F. and Coslet, A. (2017) ‘Embedding Responsible Management Education – Staff, Student and Institutional PerspectivesInternational Journal of Management Education , 15 (2B), pp. 263-279. ISSN 1472-8117


Hesselden, F (2016) ‘Project Aims to protect Ethiopia’s unique coffee biodiversityCocoa & Coffee International , 43 (3), pp. 24-27. ISSN 0262-5938

Hesselden, F (2016) ‘Making the forest pay: protecting wild coffee biodiversity whilst improving local livelihoodsDarwin Initiative Newsletter , p. 7.

Tolera, M., Wood, A., Awas, T. and Hesselden, F. (2016) SWFLG Briefing Notes 15: Biodiversity Assessment - Sheko Forest, South West Ethiopia University of Huddersfield

Lemenih, M. and Hesselden, F. (2016) SWFLG Briefing Note 14: Household Income and Community Management of Forests University of Huddersfield

Hesselden, F. and Wood, A. (2016) ‘Ethiopia’s vulnerable tropical forests are key to securing future of wild coffeeThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032


Freeman, D. and Hesselden, F. (2015) SWFLG Briefing Note 11: Forest Enterprise University of Huddersfield

O'Hara, P. and Hesselden, F. (2015) ‘Reflections on Participatory Forest Management in South West Ethiopia – beyond a project to a process of devolved forest management’. In: 14th World Forestry Congress 2015, 7th - 11th September 2015, Durban, South Africa

Hesselden, F (2015) ‘Gender equity and coffee conservationDarwin Newsletter , pp. 6-7.

Hesselden, F (2015) ‘Protecting the home of wild coffee whilst improving local livelihoods: Participatory Forest Management for coffee forest conservation in EthiopiaDarwin Initiative Newsletter , 2015, p. 8.


  • Member, Institute of Fundraising, 1988-present
  • Trustee, Eureka! National Children’s Museum, 2009-present
  • Member, Institute of Fundraising Standards Committee, 2013-2015

Enterprise Activities

Whilst at UNICEF UK Fiona was involved in establishing and overseeing a number of significant not for profit/private sector partnerships.  This included long term partnerships with organisations such as British Airways, Sheraton Hotels Group, FTSE and Manchester United which engaged staff and customers and delivered value for UNICEF and the corporate involved.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Fiona is Research Assistant for the Centre for Sustainable & Resilient Communities
  • Seminar series co-ordinator
  • Placement Student Manager
  • Responsible for media/PR outreach (internal & external)
  • Manage CSRC social media

Teaching and Professional Activities

Fiona is involved in supporting the Business School’s commitment to PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) and to advancing social responsibility in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.  This involves using CSRC research to illuminate issues in the classroom, the organisation of a wide range of speakers from industry and academia to speak on relevant issues and the undertaking of a review of Ethics, Responsibility, Resilience and Sustainability across undergraduate curricula.