Frances Hinden is the youngest member of the Laws & Ethics Committee.
She learnt bridge from her parents, but only started playing seriously at Cambridge University where she won the Portland Bowl three times, the Junior Camrose once and gained a silver medal in the first European Universities Championship. Far more importantly she also met Jeffrey Allerton, who first convinced her to play a strong NT, then to play attitude leads, and finally – a few years later – to marry him.
Since then she has won a number of titles, including the Gold Cup twice, the Spring Foursomes, the Hubert Phillips Bowl (twice) and the Brighton Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams (twice).
Frances also chairs Appeals Committees regularly and is a valued contributor to various internet bridge fora, as well as a BBO Vugraph commentator and occasional writer for English Bridge.
When not playing bridge, Frances works in corporate treasury for one of the UK’s largest companies.
She and Jeffrey enjoy skiing as often as work allows and if you meet them on a chairlift they are equally likely to be discussing bidding theory, the Blue Book or recent changes to accounting standards.
Last updated: August 2015
Major International Appearances
World Olympiad: 2016
European Champions’ Cup: 2013
Camrose Trophy Selections: 2012 2013 2014(EBU Team) and 2017
Junior Camrose Selections: 1992
Gold Cup Winner: 2003 and 2011
Premier League Winner: 2012
Spring Foursomes Winner: 2015
Brighton Pairs, Harold Poster Cup Winner: 2003
Brighton Four Stars Teams Winner: 2007 and 2015
National Point-a-Board Teams: 2017
The Hubert Phillips Bowl Winner: 1995 2006 and 2010
Player of the Year Championship: 2014/15 - 7th=; 2016/17 - 17th=