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As Director of People Development for the Brightstar Group, Clare has been guiding, supporting and developing the group team since inception. Clare’s belief that ensuring the highest levels of staff engagement result in increased job satisfaction, motivation and ultimately business success has guided the group to being crowned ‘The Sunday Times Best Small Company to Work For’ in both 2019 and 2020. Clare’s accolades do not stop there as she has personally won Financial Reporter Women’s Recognition Awards 2018 – ‘Woman in Management’ and ‘Equality Employer of the Year’ and the Financial Reporter Women’s Recognition Awards – ‘Spokesperson of the Year’ in both 2019 and 2020. As Clare’s award wins suggest, she is an avid industry spokesperson, regularly participating in round-tables, podcasts, judging panels and key speaker engagements.

Clare also plays an active role in the Women in Finance Charter, and is passionate about supporting women into the industry. Having been an early adopter and signatory of the charter, she continues to proactively fly the flag for the cause as a supporter and confidant, speaker, columnist, campaigner and event organiser.

Clare boasts a BA (Hons) in English (Vice Chancellor’s Prize Winner – Top all round graduate at Birmingham University in 1992), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate Education), MA Management and Leadership and NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). Her unique ability to bring out the best of everyone she works with was founded with a 16-year career in education including a role as a secondary school Headteacher. It was during this time Clare believes she learnt the invaluable skills of communications, public speaking, coaching and mentoring – whether that be for the Young Learners and Young Brightstars programmes or Senior Managers needing help further engaging with and inspiring their teams.