Clare has over 25 years of experience working in professional services, with a significant track record of driving transformational change within professional services firms. She is skilled at helping to establish clear strategic direction and then reshaping operational infrastructure and business practices to deliver improved communications, efficiency and increased revenue and profit. She combines a broad and balanced perspective with analytical insight, strong communication skills and a rigorous focus on successful implementation.
Strengths and Career Achievements
Educated at Oxford University, Clare has worked at three professional services firms. She spent several years as a management consultant with Deloitte before becoming a specialist in developing and leading business services functions within partnerships. She has held leadership roles across a wide range of functions, including HR, Learning & Development, Know-How, Internal Communications, IT, Facilities and Secretarial Services. She has been Chief of Staff to the CEO of Deloitte UK and Chief Operating Officer of an international law firm.
In addition to her functional responsibilities, Clare has led and delivered a series of business transformation projects, including international mergers, new international office openings, the introduction of a balanced scorecard for partner assessment, the implementation of industry sector focus, the reorganisation and streamlining of secretarial services, and the implementation of new technology to support efficient working by fee earners.
Clare works with senior leaders to discuss, define and articulate vision and strategy. She creates routes for change through fastidious project planning and mobilising stakeholders and teams, and she leads project delivery to ensure that financial investment genuinely delivers business benefits.
Clare has a strong commitment to helping partnerships set clear strategic direction, implement their strategies and grow, while also retaining their distinctive style and culture.
Sector and Service Expertise
Clare brings to Skarbek extensive and senior experience in partnerships and professional services firms. She is skilled at helping partnerships find routes to growth, respond to changing client needs, the challenges of international expansion and operation, and the imperative to find efficient ways to deliver high-quality services.
Clare supports Skarbek’s Transformational Change, Strategic Alignment, and Mergers & Acquisitions services.