EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNITED KINGDOM
Claire leads strategic planning and delivery of all HSI/UK’s national campaigns such as the #FurFreeBritain campaign for a UK fur sales ban and Forward Food plant-based culinary training. She has day-to-day responsibility for the charity’s governance and liaises with colleagues overseas to establish where HSI/UK can add value and effectiveness to HSI’s global priority campaigns, including ending the dog meat trade, trophy hunting, wildlife trade and factory farming. Claire also has overall responsibility for charity’s fundraising (including major gifts, trusts and foundations) and supporter and donor care. Externally, she is the chair of the Animal Welfare Strategy Group in a UK NGO umbrella body (Wildlife and Countryside Link) and she is a lead author and strategist on a joint campaign to government to secure the best possible deal for animals as the UK leaves the European Union.
Claire holds an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection from the University of Wales and in her previous role as Head of Wildlife Campaigns at World Animal Protection she was responsible for the concept, strategic planning, and launch of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, a collaboration that now has membership of 18 governments and more than 100 businesses and NGOs working together on solutions to the problem of lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear. Claire lives on the south coast of England with her family including rescue dog Henry, who was saved by HSI from a dog meat farm in South Korea.