Fiona Melville started her career in advertising, working at Lowe in Paris and in London. She moved to the Parliamentary Resources Unit in the House of Commons, before joining the Political Unit of the Conservative Research Department in 2004. After the 2005 election, she worked on David Cameron’s successful campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party and returned to Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) to lead External Relations, including party conference content and political messaging. She left in 2007 to work for a small public affairs company, co-founded platform10, a blog run by and for liberal Conservatives, and is on the boards of the Tory Reform Group and Conservative Friends of International Development.
Since leaving CCHQ, she has freelanced in the UK, specialising in the Conservative Party, digital/tech and change campaigns; and in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on national identity, private sector development, pro-democracy, demilitarisation and reintegration, and anti-corruption campaigns.