Frances began her career at Saturday art classes at her local college, Epsom School of Art (now University for the Creative Arts, Epsom) in the 1960s and went on to run Newell and Sorrell, one of Europe’s most successful design agencies.
Frances set up the Sorrell Foundation with John Sorrell in 1999, with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people.
Over the last 17 years the Foundation has worked with more than 10,000 young people across the UK on a range of programmes including joinedupdesignforschools, the Young Design Programme, Myplace and Design Out Crime and, over the last 7 years, has developed and run the National Saturday Club network.
Frances is Chancellor of the University of Westminster, an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA, Falmouth University and Hereford College of Arts and holds honorary doctorates from the Open University, Coventry University and University for the Creative Arts.
Speaking last week, Sir Peter Bazalgette said “Frances has worked tirelessly to encourage confidence and inspire creativity in young people. This recognition is so richly deserved and deeply appropriate as she is so dedicated to the nurturing of talent and passing on of skills through education”.