Fran Kirby was born in Northern Ireland. She immigrated to Western Australia in 1987, having completed a Bachelor of Hospitality and Business from the University of Ulster. Having gained significant hotel operational experience in Ireland and Australia, Ms Kirby was appointed human resources manager at Observation City Hotel from 1992 to 1999. Thereafter, she spent 3 years as human resources manager at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. In 2003, Ms Kirby joined Accor Hotels as the regional human resources manager for Western Australia and was responsible for 13 hotels across the state. She was admitted to the Australian Hotels Association “Hall Of Fame” in 2008 for services to the hospitality industry in Western Australia. Mr Kirby has been an active member of the Australian Hotels Associations Advisory Committee and is a board member of Hospitality Group Training.