Diversity Role Models
Claire trained as a Psychologist and completed her postgraduate training in Criminology, Forensic Psychology & Leadership. She worked within the criminal justice system, most notably as a Prison Governor, managing a resettlement prison that achieved a recidivism rate of 2%. She was also one of very few female Riot Commanders in operation and was NOMS (prison and probation) Diversity Champion.
Following acquiring a disability, she returned to work as Young Adult Offender Policy Lead in the Ministry of Justice, making radical and significant improvements to the system. In 2010, Claire joined the FSA as Head of Corporate Responsibility. She took the organisation from at a Treasury Select Committee review to being in the top rankings of all benchmarking and with increased retention and attraction rates. She also successfully implemented a voluntary, cross Financial Services inclusion survey which over 4,000 organizations participated in. In 2014, Claire returned to the corporate world and took up position as a senior consultant at KPMG, focusing on Inclusive leadership, culture and staff engagement. As Head of Inclusive Leadership, she led the implementation of the KPMG strategy, introduced proportional representation in decision making and realigned the staff networks to add value to the strategy implementation. Under her steer, the organisation leapt over 200 places in the stonewall workplace index. She also supported many other organisations to be more inclusive and to increase their governance and impact on culture and inclusive leadership. She positioned KPMG as a lead in developing the Global UN Women’s Equality Principles toolkit. Claire has recently taken up role as CEO of the charity Diversity Role Models, that seeks to tackle LGBT + bullying & exclusion by embedding inclusion and empathy into schools.
2 years after taking up the sport of Sitting Volleyball, she went on to be Captain of the ParalympicsGB London 2012 team. She was one of only 2 openly gay Paralympians in TeamGB and used the platform to start a government anti-Homophobia in sport steering group. In 2015, Claire transitioned her elite focus to Seated throws (Discus, javelin and Shot), and following coming 5th in the World Championships this year after only 8 months in the sport was selected to compete at the Paralympics in Rio. Unfortunately, she broke her hand just prior to flying and so could not compete.
This year, Claire was awarded an MBE for both her services to Sport and also to Inclusion.