Francesca’s fascination with different religions led to a First Class degree in Religions and Theology, a Masters with Distinction in Biblical Studies and further postgraduate research in Jewish-Christian relations at the University of Manchester. Over the past eight years she has worked as co-administrator of their Centre for Jewish Studies, taught on several undergraduate courses in the Religions and Theology department and spent much of her time in recruitment and widening participation with local schools to raise the profile of Religious Studies. She now works at a leading secondary school teaching Religious Studies and Classics.  

Francesca joined CCJ Manchester in 2010 and immediately became an active member of the committee, setting up and maintaining a website for the branch. She is now the Branch Secretary and Web Officer. In 2011 she began working for the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), coordinating the ICCJ conference in Manchester 2012. 

She is a member of the national CCJ Advisory Board and has also enjoyed taking part in a number of national CCJ projects including conducting interviews for the CCJ e-zine and helping to set up the Portico website, and is also English Language Editor for More locally she is the only non-Jewish member of the Jewish Hour radio programme team, where she regularly highlights interfaith issues and maintains their website and communications. 

Since 2011 she has also worked as the Project Coordinator for the ICCJ International Abrahamic Forum (IAF), an organisation devoted to furthering Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations worldwide.

Francesca is very passionate about her continuing role of promoting and facilitating Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue and enjoys bringing her experience of working with young people, local communities, academia and international Jewish-Christian relations to the CCJ committee.