Cheshire and Warrington LEP skills champion receives MBE

Leadership consultancy Cirrus’ founding director Clare Hayward has been acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

As one of the founding directors of the award-winning international consultancy, Clare’s MBE has been awarded in recognition of her services to the community and work as a global business leader and entrepreneur.

Clare is a long-standing Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board member and brings her expertise and passion for skills development to her role as Chair of the LEP’s Employer Skills and Education Board. In May 2019, Clare announced that the LEP had been selected by the UK government as one of only three new Local Digital Skills Partnerships.

Clare also acts as vice president of East Cheshire Hospice where she helped introduce the innovative Hospice @ Home service, empowering patients with choice and control over quality end-of-life care. She is also a supporter of Rising Stars, which helps young girls to achieve their full potential in the workplace.

Clare is deputy lieutenant for Cheshire and serves on the board of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

As a business leader and entrepreneur, Clare has chaired and facilitated senior management teams and groups of leaders internationally with the aim of training leaders to enable their organisations through her work at Cirrus. Previously, Clare founded and grew Academee into a successful leadership learning business which was acquired by global management consultancy Oliver Wyman, where she became a global head of market development.

The MBE was announced as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which rewards and highlights outstanding work of people throughout the Commonwealth.

“Receiving an MBE is a huge honour,” says Clare. “I have been privileged to work with a wide range of wonderful people both in business and in the community and have always been hugely enthusiastic about building regional and international growth through creating connections and encouraging collaboration. I believe that developing people’s skills and capabilities is critical to our long-term success and wellbeing and I’m delighted to be involved in projects that are focused on doing exactly that. I’ve been a part of many wonderful initiatives which have had a lasting impact on other people’s lives. This award also recognises many of the people and teams I’ve been proud to partner with.”

Previous roles include a seat on Manchester Metropolitan University’s MBA advisory board, serving as an independent board member of the Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, and as a chair of school governors. Clare also founded and chaired Make It Macclesfield, a community interest company focused on the town’s economic prosperity.