Frances Edmonds is a truly international expert in the business of communication and specialises in working with multinational and multi-cultural groups as either a keynote speaker or moderator. In addition, she was voted Britain's most amusing and entertaining after-dinner speaker in a recent survey by The Times.
After graduating with a Masters Degree in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, Frances joined the Commission of the European Union in Brussels as an international conference interpreter.
For over a decade, she worked to facilitate communication and cooperation within all the major international organisations (EU, EP, UN, OECD, WEU, UNCTAD) and between the (then) G7 heads of state and government at their annual World Economic Summits. Her years spent negotiating at the highest level fostered her expertise in cross-cultural communication and consensus creation.
In 1986, her first book, Another Bloody Tour (an outrageously funny and highly controversial account of the England cricket team's tour of the West Indies) became an overnight international No 1 best-seller and shook England's male-dominated sporting establishments to their foundations.
In 1987, she covered the Ashes series in Australia and wrote another No 1 best-seller, Cricket XXXX Cricket, which again created uproar. Whilst in Australia, she covered the America's Cup for The Times and hosted Good Morning Australia, the country's most popular breakfast TV show.
Further books, Members Only (an irreverent search for signs of independent intelligent life in Westminster- she found few) Samson & Delilah, Star of Heaven and Games all met with critical acclaim. Her latest work, Winning The Game of Life, is based on three years of research and interviews and suggest tools for personal and business success and embraces techniques employed by many of the UK's foremost captains of industry and top sportsmen and women.
Her understanding of business issues, gleaned from her own experience in helping creating a specialised construction company led to her election as an Honorary Fellow of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Founder Member and Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association.
Frances contributes to a wide range of publications, including The Times and The Evening Standard, and appears regularly on radio and television, frequently as a news reviewer for the BBC. She currently working on a book about mothers and daughters and has just written a song, "Believe in Me," sponsored by National Lottery organisers Camelot, which it is hoped will be used for London's 2012 Olympic Bid. She spends her time between her homes in Notting Hill, London, and Biarritz, France.
Winning the Game of Life
Star of Heaven and Game
Samson & Delilah
Cricket XXXXX Cricket
Another Bloody Tour