Claire is our Senior Independent Trustee. She has more than 30 years’ experience at executive and non-executive levels across the public and charitable sectors.
Claire is a qualified accountant and MBA, with expertise in financial and risk governance, and in helping organisations to engage properly with those who use services and to learn from what they say.
Her board non-executive experience includes serving on four NHS boards since 2010. Following four years as Chair of Healthwatch Gloucestershire, she is currently a non-executive Director and Audit Chair at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust and one of the new NHS Integrated Care Boards.
She also holds board positions with The Brandon Trust, chairs Stroud and Cotswolds Citizens Advice and is a local 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 Dept. She later gained a PhD in English in 2008 from London University, examining the political debate about 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.