Toddbrook ward councillor
Due to a by-election, Frances was elected as Labour Councillor for Toddbrook in December 2018. Some months later Frances was elected as a Labour & Co-Operative Councillor for Toddbrook. Frances is the Portfolio Holder for Governance, Equality and Diversity.
As a Councillor Frances aims to promote community led investment to support economic growth in Harlow. This is needed to keep the local economy thriving; localising investment provides the Multiplier effect which keeps money in Harlow longer. Frances is known to take pride in the things that make Harlow great; The Playhouse, the Sculpture Trail and our Museum. Frances aspires to retain free leisure facilities and events in our Town Park, to continue the traditions of Harlow whilst reflecting the changing needs of our residents. In recent months, Frances has actively campaigned around the closure of our libraries. Frances enjoys meeting residents to understand their concerns; The Salvation Army, St Paul’s Church and the Synagogue to ensure their views are represented at Council Meetings.
As a child, Frances was brought up in a deprived area in Scotland. Moving to Harlow New Town in 1971, where her father was able to work, it really seemed like ‘a whole new world’. Frances aspires to improve the safety of our Town Centre and satellite shopping areas, so those visiting feel safe. Frances’s beliefs in social justice stem from work in the criminal justice system and is delighted to be representing Harlow Council at the Essex Police & Crime Panel.
As a retired Civil Servant, a Trade Union Representative for NAPO (National Association of Probation Officers), in her spare time, Frances enjoys being involved in a Community Choir, going to the theatre and sailing.