Frances has worked at Torbay Council since she left university in 1993. Her previous roles include assistant director (environmental health and consumer protection), executive head community safety and communities and assistant director.
Frances has extensive experience in the fields of community safety and emergency planning, as well as in leading the design and delivery of departmental restructures and business transformation, and has demonstrated a high level of competency in decision making, leadership and professionalism.
The chief executive's role is to support and advise the PCC in delivering his/her manifesto, as expressed through the Police and Crime Plan, statutory duties and responsibilities, including:
1. Strategy and resource planning
2. Commissioning and service delivery
3. Information (including obtaining the views of the public, research, strategic needs assessments)
4. Scrutiny, evaluation and performance; and
5. Ensuring an efficient and effective Office of the PCC.
The CEO leads the office of the PCC focusing on delivering the full range of the commissioner’s plans and objectives, managing the team of paid staff and acting as the commissioner’s senior advisor. The post of chief executive is required by Government statute to ensure that all PCCs act within the law.
The OPCC management team leads on adiverse range of issues but the CEO takes a particular lead on: Strategic alliance collaboration with Dorset; making innovative use of police finances including fundraising and commercialising the police estate. Finally, the CEO represents the PCC at a range of events and forums across the peninsula.