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Frances McBride

Group Manager in Children and Families Legal Team

Manchester City Council

Frances McBride

Frances McBride qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and began her career in litigation and housing law with a sharp focus on high-profile litigation including inquests, serious case reviews and public inquiries.


Frances has led on visionary innovative projects throughout her career including the first LGBTQ+ Extra Care Housing in the UK and redesign of the Council’s Fostering Service.

Frances is the Group Manager in the Children and Families Legal Team at Manchester City Council representing the group as a senior leader, working collaboratively with both internal services and external partners focusing on organisational objectives and embracing the principle of joint work partnerships and meaningful collaborations.


Frances is passionate about influencing with integrity, inclusive economic growth for all and unlocking the potential of our young people to drive lasting change for the next generation. Underpinning all of this is her desire to build, transform and level up communities based on the principles of good governance, equity and quality assurance.


Frances has played a key role in transforming Manchester City Council’s Legal Services into an efficient, digitally resilient, green and financially sustainable High Performing Directorate to ensure the Council’s governance arrangements are fit for purpose.

Frances enjoy's spending time with her family (she is married with 3 children aged 8, 7 and 2). She like's walking, reading, yoga and taking her children swimming.

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