Francis has over 30 years of international experience working in engineering and management roles in the upstream oil and gas industry. Prior to Cuadrilla, Francis worked as President of Production for BHP Billiton Petroleum in the US. He also held management roles at BHP in Algeria, Pakistan, UK and Australia. Prior to joining BHP Billiton. Francis spent eight years with Marathon Oil in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. He was educated in Ireland, obtaining a BE Civil Degree with First Class Honours and a Master of Engineering Science Degree and holds a MBA from the University of Warwick.