Angela Francis started as an accountant in the energy industry before moving into economic development where she has worked for the last 18 years. Before it was even part of her job, she has always found ways to focus on how our human systems – energy, production, consumption, transport and planning – need to change to come into line with our planetary ones. After finding her home in the environmental advocacy sector 4-5 years ago, Angela is now Chief Advisor on Economics and Economic Development at WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). She provides economic advice across the climate, food and biodiversity programmes, as well as leading on trade and industrial policy for a green transition.
Prior to working at WWF, Angela led on economics and strategy for the East of England Development Agency and worked on productivity, innovation, and low carbon growth in the UK and Europe for economic and social research consultants SQW. She was Regional Economist and Climate Attaché for the Foreign Commonwealth Office in the Caribbean and returned to the UK to be Chief Economist for environmental think-tank, Green Alliance, where she led on industrial strategy, tech and the economic case for a low carbon and circular economy. She is a member of the IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission and UCL’s Green Innovation Policy Commission.
Outside of work, Angela still identifies as a rugby player, which she started at university and only stopped when the post-match recovery began to wipe out the whole weekend. Now, she has a more sedate pastime of singing in her local choir.