Lynne Franks OBE
Throughout Lynne’s long and successful career, she has influenced awareness of many societal shifts and trends both in the UK and internationally.
She positioned the UK as a world fashion leader by initiating London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards.
Her wide breadth of influence in the business world includes developing McDonald’s UK women’s leadership network; working with Tesco on engaging their women’s customers through media partnerships; launching high fashion home shopping with NEXT and motivating the public towards responsible consumerism when advocating John Elkington’s trailblazing Green Consumer Week.
Lynne also initiated a wide diversity of awareness campaigns for social causes including the creation of Fashion Cares, taken over by Mac Cosmetics to become the world’s biggest fundraiser for HIV/Aids; working with Amnesty International on global awareness of human rights through music and collaborating with Bob Geldof and Harvey Goldsmith on the production of Fashion Aid at the Albert Hall.
She was a major UK advocate on the global situation regarding sexual violence to women and girls, working with her friend Eve Ensler to bring attention to women being used as weapons of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
She chaired Viva, the UK’s first women’s radio station after selling her eponymous PR agency in the early 90’s and put on What Women Want, the major festival at the South Bank in ’95, stimulating dialogue on the situation of women in the UK and beyond.
Lynne then attended the UN’s 4th largest women’s conference, held in summer ’95 in Beijing, where she worked as a radio journalist sending home the voices and issues of women worldwide.
While living in California, she founded and ran the new marketing agency GlobalFusion, representing many consumer brands and retailers across the US from her offices in LA and San Francisco.
Lynne has relocated to Wincanton in Somerset, where she has launched her women’s led community SEED Hub, SEED Café and SEED Store; delivers her on and off-line Power of 7 workshops and retreats and runs her on-line platform membership of SEED Wise Women, The SEED Hub.Club. She works very closely with her local community as well as many global platform, presenting her vision of a positive, sustainable society, with new societal circular systems, including economy, education, culture, health and agriculture.
- What Next? What comes after the pandemic? How will it have affecting the way we work, spend and play as we go into the New Future?
- Creating trust and connection with your stakeholders
- Healthy Eating, Healthy Selling – The Growing Trend
- What Women Want? Inside the hearts and minds of women in the post-Covid world
- You – The Brand – How to present yourself, your vision and your skills
- Circular Economy
- Values-based authentic PR
- Wellbeing for Mind, Body and Soul
- Creating community in the workplace
"Thank you so much for delivering the HSBC Lecture here at Brunel. Your lecture was interesting, entertaining and provocative and was incredibly well received. Everyone was blown away by your passion and drive - you truly are a brilliant motivator and an inspirational figurehead."
Head of Events, Brunel University
"Thank you for your keynote address at the Retail Week – BRC Conference...The conference was the most successful held so far and your contribution was undoubtely an important reason for that success."
Retail Week, UK
"Just a thank you for all of your help at the MASK Event Talks at RSVP. I think it was a great success and you were fantastic - I am very grateful to you indeed."
Kate Price, RSVP