Clare grew up in Wiltshire, down the round from Hill House Farm. She was often found stomping through muddy fields with a lurcher by her side. Leaving farm life behind for cities and books, Clare studied literature at Newcastle University before working as a research assistant on various projects alongside completing her MLitt. Clare particularly enjoyed the challenge and brilliance of working alongside children in care for an educational theatre company. After an autumn working as a writer in Beirut, Clare returned to the UK where she took up a short term role with Jamie’s Farm as a horse specialist in Hereford.
Not quite ready to commit to full-time rural living at that point, Clare left to complete Teach First and subsequently worked as a SEND teacher for a number of years in Newcastle. Clare was delighted to hear the charity were expanding into the North so decided it was time to return to the Skipton team where she spends two days a week. She has also taken up a research position with Birmingham University where she will be completing a doctoral study into how Jamie’s Farm is experienced and remembered by young visitors.