Clare is married and has two children and two grandchildren. She is a born and bred Scouser, and there is still a touch of the irreverent and iconoclastic in her approach.
She left Liverpool to study Mathematics and History & Philosophy of Science.
Clare became a secondary teacher and found one of the great pleasures in life is seeing a young person totally absorbed by a problem and very excited when they solve it for themselves (possibly with a little judicious help!)
As a family, they moved around the country before finally settling in Bristol in 1983.
Clare's husband’s grandfather was a Liberal alderman on Southport Council. The Liberal tradition with its emphasis on personal freedom linked with social responsibility fits very comfortably within her Methodist background and with her teaching career, developing young people.
Clare strongly believes that young people should be encouraged to make their own decisions and supported if the consequences are not as they hoped or expected.
She is on the executive committee of the Liberal Democrat Education Association, which helps to shape policy and she is committed to providing the best possible education to children and young people.
Clare is proud of the Party’s record on championing early years’ education, on protecting the funding for education and focusing extra resources on disadvantaged children. Some years ago, as the lead member for Children’s Services on Bristol City Council, she worked with Stephen Williams MP, and others, to gain the funding for urgently needed extra primary places.
Clare's Vision for Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze
Clare was a councillor from 2006-2018, representing firstly Henleaze ward, and then Westbury & Henleaze.
Clare wants to make sure that opportunity is there for all, and that the community can offer individuals the skills, support and sense of purpose to drive their ambitions.
In her private life, Clare enjoys the countryside, especially walking and cycling, and she is a regular concert goer.