Claire Blanchard MCMI

Claire BlanchardClaire is a highly experienced academic having spent 23 years in academia teaching a range of business subjects. Claire has held a range of posts in various universities from Director of Foundation Degrees to Head of Department. Claire is a passionate advocate of Higher Education and of widening access in particular and is keen to promote the transformational benefits that higher education can bring not only to the individual but to society at large. Claire has done much to promote enterprise to her students and has taken them to various conferences around the world.  

Claire recently won the NCEE HE Enterprise Educator award and was shortlisted for the NIACE most Inspiring Tutor ward in Wales in 2015. She is a highly experienced QAA Reviewer and Auditor having undertaken 35 reviews in all four nations of the United Kingdom. She is also a highly experienced External Examiner and has examined both nationally and internationally having examined Business programmes in the Middle East.  

She is also an Inspector for the British Accreditation Council. Claire is a highly experienced validation chair and  has acted as an external expert on validation panels in many universities both nationally and internationally. She is very interested in governance and is a Governor in Alder Hey Hospital and a Governor in two local schools.  

She is also a trustee of two charities. She currently serves on the Welsh Board of the Chartered  Management Institute and sits on one of the CMIs national committees where she has the opportunity to influence national policy and debate. She is a highly experienced business mentor. She has also mentored extensively for Young Enterprise She also sits on the Advisory Committee  for the Appointment of Magistrates in North Wales. Claire is a book reviewer for the Chartered Management Institute and regularly reviews academic text books for Routledge. She is a Welsh speaker. 

Her research interests include enhancement, internationalisation, HE in FE and the student experience.  

Type: External Affairs and Insight Committee