Clare Hayward

Growth Director, Cirrus and Chair of ‘Make it Macclesfield’

Clare is a highly competent chair and facilitator at senior management and board level. A successful business woman and entrepreneur focused on leadership and strategic engagement who has coached, facilitated and chaired boards, senior management teams and leaders across the globe over the last 20 years working in industry sectors including technology, banking, natural resources, retail and manufacturing. Experience also includes investment funding and negotiating the sale and purchase of several businesses. 

She is the Growth Director at Cirrus, a Leadership, talent and engagement consulting firm, working with FTSE 100 clients

  • Strategic advice on growth, acquisitions and integration, balancing wealth creation and risk
  • Support on succession planning, talent and leadership
  • Consulting with major clients through board facilitation and executive coaching
  • Achieved major account wins with clients, sales and marketing advice

Clare has also been the Chair of Make It Macclesfield since 2010. This is a Community Interest Company focused on economic prosperity for the 56,000 people of Macclesfield, she led the creation and progress towards a new town vision. Chaired and facilitated monthly and quarterly meetings with county council officers, MP’s, local businesses and corporates, education, third sector and health, complex public and private stakeholder engagement. Raised and supported substantial public funding and grants, and developed a team to implement town centre regeneration, silk quarter development, cultural and heritage events, communications and improved finance and governance.

Clare is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire a role representing the Lord Lieutenant in a number of way; services, parades, citizenship ceremonies and charities.

Queens Voluntary Award Assessment Board Assessment of voluntary organisations and recommendations put forward to the national body.

MMU MBA Advisory Board Strategic insights from business to support the development of the MBA

Past roles have included Oliver Wyman Global Head of Market Development, Partner (Leadership Development) Global consulting business with operations in 40 countries, part of MMC (NASDAQ), $11bn turnover, Responsible for client income of over $30m and led teams in Asia, EMEA and the US, Developed client relationships at board level globally with clients such as BP ($1.5m) and RBS ($3m), Integrated the UK and Asia businesses with the parent following acquisition, Collaborated at partner level across the wider group to develop joined up account management with key clients.

Academee (1993-2008) – Managing Director European leadership consultancy, 75 employed and 250 associates, rated 5th Best Place to Work in UK by FT in 2007 As MD, led the business from launch in 1993 to sale in 2008 to Oliver Wyman with the CEO through both organic growth and acquisitions. Achieved sales growth every year but one over 15 years, on average 20% growth. Raised significant venture capital investment to fund growth of the digital business and acquisitions in UK and Singapore. Academee became one of the leading brands in the market, trusted by FTSE100 clients

Other roles (1987-1993) – Previously, held a number of commercial and management roles, building a strong reputation for professional sales and client management in the telecoms and consulting markets. Centre for Consultancy plc – Senior Consultant, Dial-A-Phone plc, Norton Telecoms Siemens, School Chair of Governors.

British Expedition to Indochina (1986-1987) – The first western women to travel throughout Indochina after the Vietnam War. Raised significant sponsorship from Massey Ferguson, Johnnie Walker, BOC, ICI and Rothmans. Worked with the Minister of Agriculture of Vietnam to gain access to local famers, factories, and retailers to research the current market situation.