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 Frances Lumbers

Frances Lumbers

Centre Manager DIGIT Lab


 Building:One INDEX, London


Building:One,  University of Exeter, Rennes Drive,  Exeter,  EX4 4ST, UK


Fran is Centre Manager for DIGIT Lab, an EPSRC funded Digital Economy Next Stage Centre. Prior to this role, Fran was the project manager for INDEX (Initiative in the digital Economy at Exeter) a Research Centre based in London’s South Bank delivering substantive impact through a blend of academic outputs, practice-focused studies, targeted experiments, and problem-focused learning and development engagements.

Fran has also worked as a project officer at the University of Exeter for DEAS (Digitally Enhanced Advanced Services), an EPSRC Network Plus grant, which required her to liaise with academics and help to co-ordinate the outputs for the grant, as well as organising meetings, workshops and managing the financial arrangements of the grant.

Fran has been project officer for CREDIT, an EPSRC grant researching emerging cryptocurrencies, and also for an Innovate UK grant, AUTTO (Intelligent Micro-Automation of legal services) which came to an end in December 2018. Prior to working in university settings, Fran worked for a decade in the public sector in mental health, both at management level and as a practitioner.

Fran holds a Masters in Art psychotherapy and continues her practice as an Art Therapist and artist. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.


  • Project Management
  • Financial administration and management of grants.
  • Preparing project plans and reports.
  • Recruitment administration.
  • Relationship management across the team and stakeholders.

Part of Initiative in the Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX)


  • MA Art Psychotherapy
  • BA (Hons) History of Art


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