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.
The New Zealand government has actively supported CFRS since 2016. This support was generously renewed in 2019, with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, supporting CFRS via CFRS Special Advisor Frances Vaughan, based at Royal Society Te Apārangi.