Clare has degree in three-dimensional design however somewhat accidentally spent her career working in social justice.
Firstly, teaching art to probation clients in a cultural centre in Birmingham (her hometown) Clare then ran a community based juvenile crime prevention project and became the national organiser for the same programme which ran in high crime communities across England and Wales for 10 years.
During this time Clare moved to the Sussex coast had three daughters and then began teaching art in the local prison. There began another ten-year career this time in prison education and resettlement. In 2007 Clare set up the first independent social and environmental enterprise business in a prison: Work This Way offered long term prisoners end to end training, voluntary work experience and employment in waste management, biofuel production and construction site health and safety skills including management level qualifications. Clare was unofficial CEO and then took redundancy from HMPS to become official CEO of the business and was made a fellow of the RSA.
Clare left the business in 2013 when it had to move to Kent and the next years were spent training and working as an associate coach, specifically working with adults with neuro-differences. In 2015 Clare moved to north Herefordshire and became a coach supervisor and manager until December 2020 when again she was offered and accepted redundancy (again).
While her family were growing up in Sussex, Clare helped run Woodcraft Folk and also worked at Chichester Harbour Conservancy teaching pond dipping and other glorious past times to school children from London and the SE. Clare she is now a volunteer at Jaime’s Farm Monmouth. She is still working as a wellbeing and personal development coach, is a member of the Climate Coaches Alliance, and coach and trainer working with the NHS and privately.
Clare visited the Centre for Alternative Technology with her family in the 70’s returning again and again over the years and seeing the radical but gentle message as inspirational. From 2014-2018 she became a trustee at CAT sitting on HR, Fundraising, and Communications and Marketing Committees. In this way and as a member of the Steering Committee at HGN Clare aims to use her skills and experience to support others doing the more technical and specialist stuff!