As co-founder and chief executive of London Theatre Direct, Francis is a keen investor, innovator, futurist and mentor.
London Theatre Direct was born in 1999, with his friend, Emmanuel Ciolfi and a laptop. The ticketing site was the first of its kind in the UK, and it has since grown to become one of the UK’s leading ticket agents and distributors.
The company prides itself on a future-minded outlook and use of new technology to make buying theatre tickets online easier, such as displaying interactive seating plans, connecting to multiple API systems, and becoming the first ticket seller in the world to accept bitcoin.
As an avid investor, Francis has aided a variety of companies including: StartupYard, Blue Horizon Ventures, FTW Ventures, SIMULATE, and Hope.Tech. He has also set up his own investment company, Hellyer Capital.
In his spare time, Francis is a proud volunteer at a number of organisations such as YPO; Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco; MonacoTech; and Monaco Impact.