Introducing Frances … our new Fieldworker

We’ve given Frances just one week to settle in, before bombarding her with questions to find out a little more about the latest member of the Live & Local team. As Fieldworker, Frances will be supporting and recruiting promoters in Derbyshire and some areas of Staffordshire. If you have anything you’d like to ask Frances feel free to email

Frances - our Derbyshire Fieldworker
Frances, our Fieldworker

What did you do before you joined Live & Local?

Immediately before working for Live & Local I had lots of fun working for national touring company Oddsocks as Marketing Manager. I have also been a freelance arts consultant working with a range of groups from small arts/voluntary organisations, helping with their business and marketing plans, to large regional and national bodies such as Defra, carrying out evaluation and policy research and working on partnership/network development. I started my career in the arts at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton on Trent 22 years ago and look back fondly on my time Front of House there.

 What are your favourite things to do outside of work?

I enjoy going to the theatre (which is just as well really!) and singing. I’ve recently started doing history talks to groups of primary school children for Derby Museums Service and can occasionally be spotted dressed in an Egyptian outfit as the High Priestess of the Goddess Isis. I also enjoy walking, when the weather’s good (so not much this year) much to my children’s embarrassment as I route march them across the peaks!

What secret spot of Derbyshire do you most like to visit?

This is a difficult one as there’s lots of lovely places. I like going to Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, if only for the yummy cake we have afterwards at Cauldwell’s Mill tea room! My favourite place though is in Staffordshire Moorlands on the Roaches (just outside Leek).

What were your first impressions of Live & Local?

There’s been so much information to take in, so much goes in to ensuring Live & Local shows are a success – it’s all a bit of a blur!

Which parts of the Fieldworker role are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to getting out and about, meeting and helping the promoters and discovering the many wonderful rural touring venues.

Which shows are you most looking forward to seeing?

All of them. I normally enjoy drama but I’m also relishing the opportunity to go to some music events as well as some storytelling.

Most importantly, what is your favourite type of cake?

Victoria sandwich as long as it’s got both jam and butter cream or alternatively a good carrot cake (as that’s a bit healthier!!).

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