Frances is a freelance consultant, working with communities as an adviser for the the NEF/Co-ops UK Community Economic Development Programme. She is also a Director of Totnes Community Development Society (an IPS ben com) which exists to hold land and buildings in community ownership for activities which meet the needs of residents. One of these projects is Atmos Totnes, the regeneration of an 8 acre ex brownfield site in Totnes as a mixed use development with truly affordable housing, enterprise and community space.

Beginning her career in Bradford, as one of three locations in the UK leading the DoE Extended Schools Pilot, her background is in community led development including co-production around health and social care, the establishment of community and social enterprises, relationship building across three tiers of local government, regeneration and asset transfer and management. She is also involved in neighbourhood planning in Totnes.