Clare finished her secondary education at Christleton High School, Chester, before going on to graduate from Hull University in 1993, in history and politics. She later went on to complete, alongside work, a MSc in Manufacturing, Management and Technology from the Open University.
She started her professional life as a management trainee, and then worked as Engineering and Production Manager for Rank Hovis McDougall. Clare then joined Deloitte Consulting, where she worked for a variety of clients including Burberry, Abbey, Department for Work and Pensions, and Department for Constitutional Affairs – leading large scale, transformation programmes.
In 2003, Clare joined the Department for Health, leading the development and implementation of Choose and Book and Picture Archiving Communication Services across the NHS. Having taken a short sabbatical to teach IT in Ghana, she returned as Chief Deployment Officer.
In 2010, she joined Worcestershire County Council as Head of Change, and in 2012 was appointed Assistant Chief Executive – with responsibility for leading change across the organisation and functions, including marketing, communications, research, performance, and programme management. Clare was appointed as Worcestershire County Council’s Chief Executive in 2014. She left there to take up the post of UCAS Chief Executive in July 2017.
Clare is passionate about delivering reform and value within public services, and particularly the benefit education can bring to both an individual’s overall life chances, and creating a more productive society. With three sons at differing stages of life’s journey, she is delighted to have the opportunity to lead UCAS during this time of considerable change in the education sector.