Frances is the programme manager for the PacificTA programme, a local government technical assistance facility for Pacific Island Countries which has been operating since 2002 and is currently funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade until 2022. PacificTA supports local and central authorities in Pacific Island Countries to deliver more efficient and effective services at the local level.
Frances, has worked for LGNZ since 2008 primarily as a Principal Policy Advisor, before taking on the programme manager role fulltime in June 2017. Frances brings a wealth of knowledge and advice in sector advocacy and stakeholder management in the key areas of building regulation and earthquake prone building policy, climate change, emissions trading scheme, natural hazards, flood risk management, solid waste, biosecurity, biodiversity, Commonwealth Local Government Forum.
Prior to LGNZ Frances worked for Environment Canterbury as a Programme Manager for land, pests, water and air and the regulation group. Frances has GIS and remote sensing expertise which was utilised in her role as Land Resources Scientist at Environment Canterbury. She has also worked in Tanzania as a Community Development Advisor for a development association under the VSA umbrella and managed a family beef farm in South Westland.
Frances has a strong passion for travelling and enjoys reading science fiction.