Director of Policy and Communications, Charity Finance Group

Clare leads CFG’s Policy & Communications Team. having spent most of her career in a range of policy, political and communications roles. She provides high-level insight across political, economic and social issues and collaborates with senior leaders across charity infrastructure and a wide range of charities on policy issues, specifically around banking, people issues, energy, inflation.

Before moving into public affairs and comms as a freelancer in 2015, Clare worked for an MP for more than a decade, helping communities with issues from flooding to power supply and working on large projects including securing land and new buildings for a high school, and converting a coal-fired power station to biomass. Clare has also worked for another charity infrastructure body and a brain injury charity.

At the very start of her career Clare spent seven years working in insolvency, in England and, subsequently, Scotland. Her experience of business and personal financial management has been invaluable in every role since.

Clare has a degree in Politics from Stirling University and a PhD from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She is a Chartered PR Practitioner and Member of the CIPR and has a long track record of volunteering. When she’s not working, she can be found outside on her bike, running, walking or pretending the sea is not that cold, really.