Frances qualified as a Chartered Accountant with EY and spent nine years in Corporate Finance followed by 18 years in various finance director and consulting roles.

From 2007 to 2012 she was Group Finance Director of the Lifeways Group, the UK’s largest provider of specialist support to adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs under contract to local authorities and PCTs.

She is also Chair of James Allen's Girls' School in South London, where she has been a Governor since 2006, and on the board of three investment trusts quoted on the Stock Exchange.

As well as management and strategic planning skills she brings experience of regulated organisations and those where quality and reputation is paramount. Frances was born in Loughton, is married with two adult children and is a keen amateur musician.