Franklin has been a governor of The St. Christopher School for over 20 years. He was appointed Chairman of the Governing Body in October 2013. Previously he had been a Senior Education Officer for Essex County Council and a Senior Director of HayGroup, a global management consultancy. He has worked extensively with the National College for School Leaders and other national agencies in the UK and in many other countries. Currently he is Chairman of Southend Education Trust, which is a partnership of 18 primary schools in Southend.