“I don’t get impressed often, but the first time I worked with Frances I was very, very impressed…and have been ever since.”
- Adam Gray, Social Media Specialist
I enjoy singing and joined a local branch of Rock Choir after I finished my second singing and songwriting course, a creative endeavour which ended in a Norfolk recording studio retreat where I recorded my own songs. At Rock Choir we recorded two songs at the iconic Abbey Road studios, a totally brilliant experience, singing with 150 other people.
I also love dancing and I’m quite good at salsa because I adore latin music. One of my most treasured memories is dancing under the moon and stars in an open air restaurant to live music in Cuba. As well as dancing I really enjoy exercise because it makes me feel healthy and seems to give me more energy than it takes. I do yoga, go to the gym, walk in the country and swim when I can.
I enjoy public speaking and learnt the art at a local Toastmasters International Speakers Club.
Films are a lifelong passion and as often as I can I go to The Odyssey in St Albans or its parent boutique cinema The Rex in Berkhamsted. They are both cinema heaven! Just like everyone else, I also love travel, adventures and new cultures. This autumn I’m going to Russia for the first time and I can’t wait.
I read a daily paper and reading the weekend newspapers is a treat. I will never enjoy reading news and features online as much as I like to ‘consume’ newspapers.
For all of my career I have arranged interviews for other people so it was very flattering to be invited to join a business panel on BBC Three Counties Roberto Perrone Show. He’s a great host and I couldn’t have been all bad because I’ve been invited back several times. I’ve since done a show for Radio Verulam called Tracks of Your Life where you talk about your life through the different music tracks that you choose to illustrate what you are talking about. It’s a bit like Desert Island Discs but with more music, no Kirsty Young a much smaller audience and less status!
I was invited to join an all women’s pub quiz team, the Business Belles, which was set up by a fellow networker. As a joke I suggested we apply for BBC Two’s Eggheads programme, submitted the application form, we got an audition and were then invited onto the show. Vene, vidi and as friends, family and viewers now know, we ‘vici’d as well! It was screened on BBC Two in February 2014, a moment of real Business Belles glory. As Jeremy Vine said, the Business Belles are officially cleverer than the Eggheads!
I’ve recently become more adventurous in my cooking endeavours and have just booked a Thai cookery course – endless green curries here I come.