Francis Floud came from a clerical family. He was educated at Cranleigh School and King's College London, having refused to go to Oxford University because he did not wish to enter the church; his younger brother went in his stead. He entered the Board of Agriculture at a junior level in 1894 and, while working there, qualified as a barrister of Lincoln's Inn. He served in a variety of posts before being appointed, in 1920, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. He was Chairman of the Board of Customs and Excise from 1927 to 1930 and then Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour (1930-1934) during the very difficult period following the financial crisis, when unemployment and other benefits were cut by the National government. He served as British High Commissioner to Canada from 1934-1938. From 1938-1940 he chaired the Bengal Land Revenue Commission and, in his retirement, a number of other public bodies. Very unusually, he received three knighthoods for his public services.
Francis Floud married, in 1909, Phyllis, daughter of Colonel Everard A. Ford. They had one daughter, Mollie, and two sons: Peter Floud and Bernard Floud MP.
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