Claire moved to Wales in the 1980s and has spent her career in public service culminating with her appointment to Chief Executive and Clerk to the National Assembly for Wales in 2007 until she retired in 2017.
Before Claire joined the Assembly, she was Chief Executive of Companies House and Registrar of Companies the first woman to hold this position in over 150 years. Earlier posts in her career included Director of Corporate Services at the Patent Office and Chief Executive of Powys Training and Enterprise Council. She also spent two years on the island of St Helena while her late husband, Mike, was Chief Secretary and later Governor; here she did some teaching and other voluntary work.
She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for public service in Wales and Gwent High Sheriff 2019/20.