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Frances Done CBE

 Frances Done CBE
Frances Done was appointed Chair of the Youth Justice Board in February 2008 and re-appointed in January 2011, for a period of three years.

Frances Done’s career has spanned both public and private sectors. A graduate of Manchester University, Frances trained as a chartered accountant and worked for KPMG for nine years. She served as an elected member of Manchester City Council for 13 years before retiring from political activity 24 four years ago. Between 1991 and 1998 she held senior posts as Director of Finance and later Chief Executive of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council.

For three years from 2000, Frances was Chief Executive of Manchester 2002 - the Organising Committee of the XVII Commonwealth Games. From 2003 to 2006 she was Managing Director for Local Government, Housing and Criminal Justice at the Audit Commission with responsibility for the Commission’s audit and inspection work in relation to local government in England.

After leaving the Audit Commission Frances was appointed to the interim role of Director General of the Royal British Legion, which she completed in October 2007.

Frances is currently honorary Chairman of The Waterways Trust, a charity which promotes the educational, social and environmental benefits of the inland waterways for all sections of the community.


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