The funeral of Tesco corporate affairs director, Frances Elliott, took
place this week.
Elliott, who died on November 14 after suffering for six months from
motor neurone disease, had been in the post for three years. Her
previous experience included time as corporate affairs director at Thorn
EMI and 15 years with the civil service, mainly at the Northern Ireland
Elliott, who had headed a 36-strong team covering government relations,
product and property PR, investor relations, corporate communications
and community affairs, carried on working right up until her death.
A Tesco corporate affairs spokesman told PR Week: ‘Professionally, she
was known for her incisiveness and her amazing grasp of all the issues.
On a personal level, she was known for her great generosity and
Earlier, in a letter to staff, Tesco chairman Ian MacLaurin had said:
‘Frances brought great skill, experience and intelligence to Tesco in
her role as our corporate affairs director. She and her team were
responsible for repositioning our company in the eyes of the City and
‘We owe her a great deal and she will be sadly missed by us all.’