Frances Crimmins, Executive Director of YWCA Canberra
Frances is attending Country to Canberra’s 2015 Powerful Women’s Breakfast, where she will discuss leadership with the rural teenage winners of our 2015 essay competition. She also attended our inaugural breakfast in 2014. Further, Frances helped provide Country to Canberra with its first-ever grant, through the YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas Small Grants program.
Frances has a passion to see women achieve their potential and shape their communities.
Frances’ innate leadership ability was first recognised after she left a regional high school that had a notorious reputation, and was named both Canberra Trainee of the Year and Australian Trainee of the Year.
Moving from hospitality into a human resources role in the health sector, Frances’ natural drive and pursuit of excellence saw her establish her former employer as an Employer of Choice for Women, and ACT Employer of the Year for Apprenticeships & Traineeships.
Frances was drawn to YWCA Canberra in 2010 as she had always identified as a feminist, and has a strong belief in social justice, which she attributes to her mother’s influence. Having faced discrimination during her own career journey, she is now committed to being a strong voice for women.
Frances was YWCA Canberra Director of Operations before being appointed Executive Director in 2013. She is Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Committee for Women, the current Co-Chair of Anti-Poverty Week in the ACT, a representative on the ACT Governance Community Linkages Committee, and is a member of the ACT Women’s Services Network.
Frances loves living in Canberra with her husband and children, and is committed to YWCA Canberra making a real and lasting difference to this community. She is conscious that the organisation stands on the shoulders of the women who have gone before, and is keen to take it strongly into the future.