I am Claire one of the two Welsh Guardians working in the Swansea Bay Health Board. I am South Wales born and bred and proud of my Welsh identity.
I qualified as a Social Worker since 1980 and have worked in both the Statutory and Voluntary Sector with children and young people, people with Learning Disabilities and vulnerable older Adults. Since qualifying, I have been fortunate to have always worked in multi- disciplinary teams and since 1986 have been a staff manager building on the examples of good Managers for whom I have worked.
I experienced working in the Health Service when I set up and managed a Third Sector Team within a joint Health and Social Service project in another Welsh Health Board. I believe that I am skilled in my assessment of people and situations and enjoy enabling people, in difficult situations, to problem solve and come to a resolution.
Throughout my career I have had a particular interest in Advocacy, Inclusion and Speaking Up. I have managed an Advocacy Organisation and set up various ‘Having Your Say’ projects in a number of organisations. I also have a longstanding commitment to plain English and Easy Read information.
I continue to be involved in service delivery Chairing the Trustees of a local charity working with vulnerable adults manage their money and Chairing the Approval Panel of a nationwide organisation accommodating adults in ordinary homes.
I am told that I am an approachable good listener, non-judgemental and passionate about treating staff well in accordance with my values, ensuring they can work at their best.