Nicolas Frances

Australia - Vic

Specialty Areas

Nic Frances is a world renowned social entrepreneur and an award-winning writer. Nic is the founding chairman and CEO of  a global company delivering energy efficiency projects aimed at reducing CO2 emissions on a record-breaking scale. With offices on four continents under Nic's leadership the company has grown fast to become a leader in showing how social enterprise can work within economic market to deliver real social change on the biggest issues facing humanity - climate change and poverty. It builds on the work of Easy Being Green, the Australian company Nic established in 2004 and his pioneering work as a social entrepreneur as CEO of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a charity dedicated to the eradication of poverty across Australia and the Furniture Resource Centre in Liverpool, which blossomed from its origins as a public charity under Nic's leadership to become a leading profit-generating social enterprise in the UK.

Nic's thinking on social enterprise as a means of driving social change, informed by experience in business, as an Anglican priest and in the charitable sector, is expressed in his book The End Of Charity: Time For Social Enterprise, winner of the Iremonger Award for writing on public issues and published in 2008 by Allen & Unwin. He was recognised for his work in the UK with the award of the MBE by the British government and in Australia with the Australian Centenary Medal. He was appointed as one of the first 30 Schwab social entrepreneurs in 2001 and since 2006 has sat on their council and attends the World Economic Forum in this capacity. In 2008 Nic was invited to be a member of the WEF Global Agenda Councils on Alternative Energies and Social Entrepreneurship.

Nic's business life began as part of the family hotel business and he became a stockbroker in the height of the 1980s book. He left the City of London soon afterwards for Liverpool where he was became a pioneer of social-purpose business, his first step to understanding the need for what he now terms value-centred market economics. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1996. He is committed to using business and a market centred on social purpose to cut greenhouse gas pollution levels and to campaign for action on climate change. He is inspired in this work by his children and love for them fires his determination to protect the world they will inherit.


You wowed them. Again, I guess you're used to that but thanks for coming along and being, for many people, a highlight of the two days.
- Green Building Melbourne

Nicolas was engaging, entertaining, challenging and thought provoking. He gave it his all in a professional yet down to earth manner. Everyone in the room was encouraged and challenged to think about their behaviour and values and how these apply to the way they work with other people.
- Loddon Murray Community Leadership Programme

Nic's presentation was fantastic. His background meant he connected with the audience and the manner in which he delivered his presentation was both meaningful yet lighthearted. He was a last minute stand-in as our booked speaker was taken ill and he fitted the bill perfectly. Thanks for the recommendation and we'll certainly be recommending him to others within the sector.
- Homelessness Australia Inc.

Nicolas Frances speaker

Speaker Video

Other speakers you might like:

Nora Fraser

Nora Fraser (she/her) is an inspiring People & Culture Leader driven by an entrepreneurial mindset and Founder of the Multicultural Professional Network and Equi Consultancy Partners. Nora has a wealth of experience and an extensive background in the private & public sectors. She has been involved in the implementation of key diversity and inclusion programmes for global organisations across Australia, Europe and the UK. Beyond corporate endeavours, she is a dedicated volunteer with several inclusion-focused organisations and serves as a mentor to many professionals.

Tim Gard

Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that audiences will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today. Becoming more resilient is not about telling jokes or laughing at everything. Instead of making light of serious issues, Tim shines a light on unseen possibilities for solutions to difficult situations. He demonstrates how to be professional, yet light-hearted throughout all his programs.

Rael Bricker

As a seasoned entrepreneur who turned a health scare into motivation, Rael Bricker leverages his diverse experiences from finance to education, on two continents and two listed companies. He serves businesses globally, having navigated challenges from starting companies to managing billions in loans. His partnerships are a blend of real-world experience with academic qualifications (MBA, MSc, CSP) to guide people and companies towards excellence.

Inbal Rodnay

Inbal Rodnay is a former programmer, entrepreneur, and innovator who helps businesses create effective technology strategies and thriving cultures of innovation. She co-hosts the Agents of Change show and is the CEO of Theory and Motion.

Murray Altham

With relentless optimism, Murray's presentations are an exhilarating mix of expertise, empathy, humour and drive. He partners with organisations to inspire fresh thinking, lift energy and bring new potential to life.

He has worked in extreme scenarios of confronting challenge and change, bringing to life an uplifting, solution focussed skillset he shares with your audience to help bring their best to the surface. Murray empowers your team to ignite their A-game and contribute that to every room they're in, at work and at home.

Back to Top