Frances qualified as a solicitor specialising initially in Family and Child Care Law and has now retired from private practice to concentrate on work as a Tribunal Judge hearing Social Security, Medical appeals/ Disability and Child Support Appeals. She also sits as a Judge on the Criminal Injury Compensation Appeals Tribunal and as a Legal chair of the Registration and Certification Appeal Panels for the General Medical Council
She sat for some years on ACCA's Disciplinary and Regulatory Committees and then chaired ACCA's Appeal and Admissions and Licensing Committees.
Her past experience includes membership of the Parole Board, the Local Review Committee at Acklington Prison, Northumberland and was a non Executive Director of her local Health Care Trust and is also a trained Mediator.
Hobbies include theatre, tennis and swimming and enjoying time with 2 adorable grandchildren.