About Our Founder, Frances Weetman

Frances was born in North East England and awarded a BA in Economics and Politics by Durham University in 2013. While an undergraduate she worked for HSBC and Japanese Investment bank Nomura.  Although she received a graduate job offer from HSBC, Frances decided to become an educational filmmaker and writer after graduation. She originally started making films as a hobby, inspired by her time writing screenplay as a member of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers’ Project. While a student at Durham one of her documentaries was nominated for a regional Royal Television Society award.

Between July 2013 and January 2015 she worked on a series of temporary educational filmmaking contracts, before deciding to focus on the establishment of a new platform for democratic education. In April 2016 she won the inaugural New Statesman & Virago Prize for Politics and Economics, which awarded her a publishing contract. In February 2017 she published her first book, on economics: Whose Model is it Anyway? (Virago).

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