Clare has worked within mental health for 25 years and it is her interest and passion. She was delighted to take up the post of CEO at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust in May 2014 and since then the Trust has expanded its activities significantly.
Clare’s background is as a senior manager within the NHS and voluntary sector. Her previous roles have included commissioning and providing mental health services in the voluntary sector, primary, secondary and specialist NHS settings and she has significant breadth and depth of experience in the mental health field. In 2004 Clare became the Programme Manager for a Department of Health funded project to establish community personality disorder services in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and following this was in 2008 offered a secondment to the Department of Health as a Senior Policy Advisor for the National Personality Disorder Programme. This involved giving Ministerial briefings and advice and developing national policy in relation to personality disorder, both within the NHS and the Criminal Justice System.
In July 2010 Clare returned to Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and worked with Healthy Minds in Buckinghamshire and Talking Space in Oxfordshire (both are ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ services). A focus of this work was to develop specific services for people with long term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms as well as depression and this produced very good patient outcomes in areas including cardiac care, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes.
Clare is a member of the governing body for Cranbury College in Reading, Berkshire. Cranbury College is a 132 place alternative curriculum provider, including a Hospital Teaching Service, Behaviour Support Team, Secondary and Primary Pupil Referral Unit, Individual Learning Programmes, and a Post 16 provider and meets the needs of some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people