At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 10/11 March at Eton/Dorney, Frances came 4th in the women's single scull.
Frances raced in the single scull at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, finishing 10th.
At the first World Cup of 2011 in Munich Frances raced in the women's quadruple scull with crewmates Debbie Flood, Beth Rodford and Annabel Vernon where they took bronze behind the gold medal winning Ukraine, with Germany taking the silver. Frances was unable to race in Lucerne through injury.
In challenging conditions on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Frances and her crewmates Debbie Flood, Beth Rodford and Annabel Vernon in the women's quadruple scull, made up a first-half deficit in their 2010 World Rowing Championships' final to overhaul reigning champions, the Ukraine, and win a superb gold medal in 7:12.78. A particularly satisfying result for Frances who underwent hip surgery earlier in the year.
She won a superb Olympic silver medal in the quad in Athens 2004 after a great season in which the crew won the World Cups in Poznan and Lucerne – where they were the first British women's quad to beat the Germans in this event. They qualified directly for the Olympic final by winning their heat in the event's second fastest ever recorded time, and although they could not hold the fast–starting Germans, they came through the field to win an emphatic silver with great credit.
Between 2000 and 2004 Frances was unbeaten at the GB Rowing Senior Trials. She went on to race in the women's quadruple scull all season in 2005, winning two World Cup golds at Eton and Munich, a World Cup silver in Lucerne and capped a superb 2005 with World Rowing Championships gold in Japan in September.