Claire is a qualified accountant and MBA. She has particular expertise in financial and risk governance and in helping organisations to engage with and learn from those who use their services. She has more than 30 years’ experience at executive and then non-executive levels across the public and charitable sectors.
Board non-executive experience includes serving on three NHS boards since 2010. Claire is currently a non-executive director at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust, following four years as Chair of Healthwatch Gloucestershire. Currently, she has one other government appointment as NEBM and Audit Chair at the National Archive. She also holds board positions with Alliance Homes and volunteers as a Trustee with Stroud and Cotswolds Citizens Advice and as a Committee member with the National Trust.
Claire’s academic background was originally in modern history. She completed a first degree at King’s College London and worked in the archive of the War Studies Department there. She later gained a PhD in English from London University, examining the political debate around how to teach the humanities and literary heritage, and taught at Birkbeck College and the School of Advanced Study. She has particular research and teaching interests in Cultural Memory and has published on the memorialisation of military conflict. She is currently working on the University of Bradford archive of Dr William Allchin, POW, psychiatrist and peace builder.
Aside from her particular research interests, she loves to visit the small islands of Europe, watch their bird life, and discover how history and population movement leave their traces on the landscape.