Claire has been selected as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Thornbury and Yate.
An experienced local champion, Claire has been campaigning across the constituency with former MP Steve Webb since 2001.
Claire was elected to South Gloucestershire Council to represent Westerleigh ward in 2007 and became Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council in 2011. She leads for the group on Environment and Community Services issues, a brief which covers a wide range of services including recycling, planning, transport, libraries, leisure centres, community safety, environmental health and community engagement. From 2012-2015 she chaired the Communities committee.
Claire takes a particular interest in environmental issues. She successfully proposed that the council set up a revolving energy fund and more locally organised an energy day in Westerleigh to help people find out about making their homes greener. At the Autumn Conference in 2015 she spoke on community energy policy.
Prior to becoming a councillor, Claire spent a decade working in the software industry. She was state-educated at comprehensive schools, before studying mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge. She joined IBM in 1995, and completed a part-time MSc in Software Engineering at Oxford University alongside her day job, spending part of 1998 working in Silicon Valley. In 2000 she left IBM to experience life in a small business and took on a variety of software development roles in different companies over the following 6 years.
Claire has lived in Coalpit Heath with her husband since 1999. They have two sons, born in 2002 and 2006.