Francis is from NSW Australia. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a PhD in Biology 2000. He has previously worked as a Scientist in the fields of Agriculture, Physics and Neuroscience. Francis has photographed and filmed Wildlife in the following remote locations : Komodo and Rinca Islands, Japan, Nepal, Mexico, India, Australia and New Zealand.

He has over ten years experience in field craft, particularly with Australian wildlife and is also an experienced: trekker, caver, climber, SCUBA diver and snake handler. Francis also holds an MA degree in Media Culture and Practice from the University of the West of England.