Claire has been a key player in the social enterprise sector since the 1980’s. She is currently Crown Representative for the Voluntary and Social Enterprise Sector and is supporting the sector to access government contracts. She was involved in creating the first strategy for the social enterprise movement and has ensured the sector has a voice within UK government, including working to introduce the Social Value Act, now embedded in many local government frameworks and in the Crown Commercial procurement service. Claire was Social Enterprise UK Chair for ten years and is a Patron. Shel eads Blackburne House Group, which runs a number of successful social enterprises and an award-winning School for Social Entrepreneurship. In recognition of her work in the sector, Claire has received many awards, including an OBE and the Queen’s Lifetime achievement award for enterprise promotion.