Service Director, Wakefield Council
Since February 2018, Clare has been Service Director for Economic Growth and Skills at Wakefield Council introducing a new future proofed Economic Strategy for the District which focuses on how to utilise housing, skills, adult education, business support, strategic regeneration and economic development to drive forward successful business, successful people and successful places.
Having operated at local, regional and national levels in pursuit of inclusive economic growth, Clare has played a central role in establishing the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, leading the Key Cities network and shaping the Leeds City Region approach to devolution, skills and regeneration. Most recently during her time at Wakefield Clare has led on an ambitious and complex programme of city and town centre regeneration schemes with successes around accelerated housing growth, master plan led revitalisation of the Districts most deprived towns and securing multi million pound investments from across the private and public sectors. Driven by the fact that it is people and skills which truly drive economic prosperity, Clare has also recently overseen the introduction of a large scale skills and employment brokerage service which will ensure it is Wakefield residents and businesses that thrive within its increasingly vibrant