After graduating with honours in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, Frances trained as an international conference interpreter at the European Commission in Brussels. She went on to work for the major international organisations (EU, UN, OECD, WEU) and for the G7 heads of state and government at their annual World Economic Summits.
Fifteen years of negotiating at the highest international level taught her invaluable lessons in the art of cross-cultural communication and consensus creation. She builds on these insights to deliver powerful messages on the challenge of leadership and team building in todayís richly diverse and constantly changing corporations.
Her professional writing career began in 1986 when she accompanied her husband, international cricketer Phil Edmonds, on Englandís disastrous tour to the West Indies. It was there that she wrote her first highly controversial bestseller, Another Bloody Tour, which shook English cricketing and sporting establishments to their foundations. In 1987, she covered the Ashes series in Australia and produced another Number One bestseller, Cricket XXXX Cricket. In Australia, she hosted Good Morning Australia, the countryís most popular breakfast TV show, and reported on the Americaís Cup for The Times.
In 1989, she wrote Members Only, a search for signs of independent, intelligent life in the Houses of Parliament. She found few. Her subsequent novels, Samson and Delilah, Star of Heaven and Games were all greeted with international critical acclaim. Her book, Winning The Game of Life (published by HarperCollins, June 2001) suggests tools for personal success and motivation and embraces techniques employed by many of Britainís foremost captains of industry and sportsmen and women.
Frances Edmonds has wide experience on radio and television, hosting programmes as diverse as Women on Top, Men Behaving Sadly, A Game of Two Halves and The Greatest and appearing on programmes as different as Question Time and Question of Sport. She believes that a genuine interest in other people and their issues is as crucial to interviewing as to the successful hosting/chairing/moderating of any ceremony or conference. Elected an honorary fellow of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs for her promotion of British business interests, she also appears as a news reviewer for BBC TVís Breakfast with Frost and is a regular contributor to a wide range of publications including The Times, The Sunday Times and The Evening Standard.
Frances is a gifted communicator who uses her extensive international experience and creative skills to understand, entertain and inspire her audience.
And all this, in five different languagesÖ
ACAS; Dept for Work and Pensions, International Bankers Association; MANCHESTER society OF ARCHITECTS; Charity Finance Directors Group; peoplesoft; Microsoft; CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development; Mortar Industry Association; Christie & Co: netg- success through Learning; nisys; Misys; NHS Superivsory Midwifes Conference : Action for Market Towns; Builders Merchant Federation Conference, Compaq, Oracle, Abbey National, Barclays, Prudential, AXA, KPMG, Baker Tilly, RSM Robson Rhodes, Reuters, BUPA, Prime Health, Denplan, WPA, PPP Healthcare, European Press Networks, Fuji Photo Film, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, British Association of Communicators in Business, Stena Line, Scania-Saab, Association of Graduate Recruiters, European Petrochemical International Association, Hayes Distribution, British Telecom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for Education and Employment, English, Welsh and Scottish Railways Ltd, Institute of Sales Promotion, Association of Electricity Producers, 3Com, Ascend, Lucent Technologies, Lloydís Insurance Brokers, Cunard, Schwarzkopf Professional, Association of Consulting Engineers, Shepherd Construction, Courtaulds Engineering, Reed International, The Butler Group.