Frances is the founder of Tech Futures Lab and the Founder and Chair of The Mind Lab. The Mind Lab is a private-public partnership with Unitec delivering programmes in digital and collaborative technologies. Each year The Mind Lab teaches over 40,000 school students as well as 1200 teachers who study a postgraduate programme in Digital & Collaborative Learning. Frances works in New Zealand and internationally on cross-sector initiatives with individuals and organisations that are navigating and preparing for technological advances and disruption. Frances has been a leader in the education of future technologies, digital impact and disruption for over two decades. She has a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne and an alumna from Singularity University in the Silicon Valley. In 2015 she was awarded the NZ Westpac Woman of Influence – Innovation, and the Next Magazine Woman of the Year – Education. In 2015 Idealog Magazine rated her as one of the top 10 most influential women in New Zealand. In 2014 her business won the ‘Best New Business’ in the Talent International Asia/Pacific Awards judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. Frances sits on the board of Callaghan Innovation, Education NZ, NZTech and Talentnomics (Washington DC).