In her role as Equality Now’s Development Manager, Fran leads a team delivering funding for our vital work from individuals giving at all levels, as well as related events.
Based in the UK, Fran was born in Sheffield (and proud) and now lives in London.
In her successful fundraising career, she’s secured six- and seven-figure transformational gifts from individuals and foundations for international development, disability, academic, and heritage causes.
Fran is inspired by her mother who modeled determination, intellectual and career achievement, and high expectations because she totally believed in her daughters. At age seven, Fran woke up to structural discrimination when she learned that her mother had to get her father’s permission to buy furniture on loan. Annie Lennox sang it – Sisters are Doing it For Themselves!
Fran’s MA was on Clarissa, the longest novel in English before Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy. Other interests outside of work include theatre, galleries, ballet, and contemporary dance, gardens, and architecture. A keen gardener, Fran also enjoys turning her front garden bin space into a tomato farm every year.
Fran speaks English and French, as well as basic Russian, German, and Italian.