Frances Scott is a passionate advocate for better gender balance in Parliament wanting Westminster to draw upon the widest possible pool of talent and experience. In November 2013 she started the 50:50 Parliament Petition asking party leaders to "collaborate and do something: debate and take action to make Parliament more gender balanced, like life." sign at change.org/5050Parliament. Since then 50:50 Parliament has grown. It is an inclusive, cross-party, non-partisan campaign supported by women and men across the UK. In addition to the petition, 50:50 Parliament is setting up an Ambassador programme aimed at raising awareness and inspiring political participation as well as supporting people who might stand as MPs, which ever of the political parties appeals to them (email Frances@5050Parliament for information). Her dream is a Parliament where men and women work side by side shaping legislation for the future, together, in roughly equal numbers.
Frances was at university in the UK and the USA. She went on to have an international career in the hotel and tourism business working for Intercontinental Hotels, BDO Stoy Hayward (an firm of accountants), Hyatt International (based in Hong Kong) and Jones Lang LaSalle (commercial real estate services). She advised on marketing, economics, operations and finance. She was the first woman to be appointed to 4 positions that she held. After marrying and starting a family she changed direction and began supporting parents during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. She set up and ran a website called Birth Education Network and booked thousands of parents onto courses, raising nearly £200,000 for the National Childbirth Trust. She continues to run birth and parenting classes for NCT. She has also been involved with the Maternity Services Action Committee at Imperial College for many years.
She blogs for the Huffington Post and is a regular commentator on gender and representation in politics. Her work with 50:50 Parliament has been profiled in The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Evening Standard and The Guardian. She is married with four children and lives in London with her husband.