Claire is a born and bred local woman, living in the Somerford area for 9 years before moving to Burton in 2001 and she has retained strong links to the Somerford area. She has raised 2 children and her husband runs a small local business. Working in community development she understands many of the needs within a community, how to work to resolve issues and staunchly believes in giving people a voice.
She has a long history of volunteering which started in the early 1990s and is currently a trustee for Christchurch Soup Kitchen, alongside volunteering with Contact the Elderly, supporting the buses for Burton campaign group, and works tirelessly with a small group to try and reopen a youth club in Burton that was shut following council cuts. Passionate about the community, she volunteers her time as a dementia champion, running dementia friend sessions to enable others to learn more about the multiple types of dementia and how it affects the individual living with it, their friends and family.