Claire’s career began in dance and theatre. From there her skills developed into arts programming, administration, business management, fundraising, future planning, evaluation, relationship management, coaching and mentoring. Through working with the arts, education, health, regeneration, leisure and housing sectors Claire has accumulated knowledge and experience that enables informed and supportive approaches to projects and consultancy.
It is not surprising given her breadth of experience and skills that her clients are drawn from across the Public Sector: arts organisations, local authorities, community led resident groups and schools. In the education sector alone Claire has worked with Early Years, Primary, Secondary, SEN and Hospital Schools to help them improve both practice and policies. Within the Arts Sector Claire has worked with Welsh National Opera, as one of their Producers; with Birmingham Hippodrome supporting the development and delivery of their larger education projects; and with Open Theatre Company developing the work of theatre ‘shystering’ with young people with disabilities. She also held the post of Learning & Participation Manager for CBSO for two years.
A broad range of qualifications coupled with a strong desire to begin working quickly, gained Claire a Business Administration qualification as part of the Modern Apprenticeship scheme whilst in her role at Birmingham City Council; subsequent qualifications have been focused on aiding her work in Child Protection alongside a Young People’s Arts Award.
Claire is an active volunteer, giving time to those she has built long relationships with: she is the Chair of the Governing Body for James Brindley Hospital School, a governor for Rookery Primary School and a trustee for Castle Vale TRA, Up Cycle and Big Brum TIE Company. In May 2014 Claire’s skill and expertise as a leader was acknowledged as she was appointed a National Leader of Governance.
In 2015, the Southbank Centre recognised Claire as one of 67 Change Makers selected from across the country with others who have dedicated time to making changes in their community and have had a positive impact on the lives of others.
Claire is currently Creative and Partnerships Director at mac birmingham (Midlands Arts Centre).