Formerly Franklin was Senior Education Officer for Essex County Council with responsibility for all schools in South east Essex. Then he became a Senior Director of HayGroup-a global management consultancy specialising in leadership development, performance management and succession planning. He led the team which designed and implemented the first-ever leadership development programme for serving headteachers in England and Wales on behalf of the National College for School Leaders. He has written several reports for the National College, including ‘Grow Your Own Leaders’, ‘Shaping Up to the Future’ and ‘Succession Planning in Schools’. Currently he is the Chair of the Local Governing Body at The St. Christopher School and of Southend Education Trust.