Frances is Special Advisor to the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Science, and is based at the Royal Society Te Apārangi in New Zealand. Frances has a research background in nutrition, and began her career in science communication with the BBC in Scotland, where she worked as a presenter and researcher for a range of radio and television programmes. Frances joined the Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2020 as an Advisor with the Science Media Centre. Frances holds a B.Sc. (Hons 1st Class) in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh, and a Masters by Research in Human Nutrition from the University of Aberdeen.