Clare Francis

Vice Chair (Senior Independent Director)

A partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, Clare is the firm's lead on commercial practice. She advises businesses on strategic projects, ranging from contractual joint ventures to business outsourcing. As well as being a technically excellent lawyer with over 15 years experience, Clare is a people person. She has strong communication skills which enable her to ensure she understands all her clients needs so she can give advice tailored to each company.

Clare brings her expertise to board after being elected in July 2017. She has joined the board because she loves volleyball. She plays for Coventry and Warwick Riga in NVL Division 2 North, and serves as the club's treasurer and webmaster. She is also a qualified referee and holds a volleyball scorers award. Ever keen to give back to the sport, Clare volunteered as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics as a vollleyball statistician and as a National Technical Official (as a sitting volleyball scorer) at the London 2012 Paralympics. 

As well as bring her passion and expertise to the board, Clare is an advocate of the innovation agenda and is always keen to look a new ways of working.