Claire has been working in the Hair and Beauty sector since the age of 16, when she left school and completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Level 3 Hair in her local salon. Alongside this, she completed Beauty courses in areas including Reflexology as well as her Assessors Award. This led to part-time teaching hours alongside a role as a Salon Manager.
After working as a part-time lecturer for a few years, Claire secured a post as Programme Manager for Hair/Beauty Apprenticeships at her local college, a place she stayed for a total of 23 years, progressing to Head of Division of Hair/Beauty for the last 18 years. In recent years she has successfully redesigned the curriculum across two centres as part of a College merger.
In 2020 she was successful in securing the post of Head of Transitions, Hair, Beauty and Employability at the College, a role that gave her exposure to a wide range of curriculum areas and assessment processes. She led a nationally recognised Transition model and has worked on various T Level pathways. She also led the Work Experience and Industry placements for the whole college group. This allowed her to cement her passion for Employer involvement, working with National/Local employers to have a direct impact on the lives of young people through their involvement in curriculum delivery/endorsement.
She has also worked as an Examiner and Moderator.
Claire joins iTEC/VTCT as a Partnership Planning Manager, supporting centres by assisting with any aspect of the implementation of the curriculum.