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Making change happen

Hi I’m Clare,  I became a social entrepreneur almost by accident but it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

In 2012 I co-founded and scaled Code Club, a global network of 10,000 after school coding clubs for 9-13 year olds until 2016 when I led it to a merger with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. 

Technology has always held a special place in my heart; at first for its ability to connect us, then later in life for its ability to enable social businesses or interventions to scale rapidly, reaching new audiences with relative ease and decreased cost.

I believe in equal opportunity for all people no matter who they are or where they come from and I think it is the responsibility of those who have more to provide that opportunity. Equal opportunity was purposefully baked into the DNA of Code Club: making and keeping it free, focussing on schools and pupils in deprived areas of the UK and creating a gender neutral brand.

I’m happiest at the intersection of innovative technology, social impact and exciting people-focussed brands. I regularly speak regularly about start ups, social impact and technology education at events around.



Award highlights

Women of the Year: Lifetime achievement Award 2017 PCR Magazine

#13 Most Influential women in UK Tech 2017
Computer Weekly, UK

MBE -  New Years Honours 2016
Cabinet Office
Awarded MBE for services to technology education for my work at Code Club.

Red Magazine 'Digital' Women of the Year 2014
Red Magazine
Red Magazine recognise the work done by women to change the fields they work in. 

Greatest Tech Influence On Society 2014
The Europas
The Europas recognises great achievements in tech startups

Best Education Product or Service 2014
Digital Leaders 

Tech for Good Award: Digital Skills 2013
Tech for Good
Tech for Good recognises the work of people using technology for the good of their community.

New Entrepreneur of the Year 2013
.Net Magazine
Developer magazine recognises key industry figures each year. 




Raspberry Pi Foundation

Executive Director - Communities and Outreach 2016-2018
After the merger with Raspberry Pi Foundation I took responsibility for building partnerships, programs, events and tools that drew new audiences to digital making. Some highlights include:

  • Specification and product management of a new online learning platform for young learners to easily engage with the learning resources provided by the foundation for all it's educational programs.
  • Creation of an internal translation service using machine translation and volunteer capacity to translate learning materials into many languages to reach more children.
  • Evolution of the Astro Pi programme which invites European school children to write code on Raspberry Pi computers on the International Space Station - changes to the programme meant over 4000 children took part in a special entry level mission in 2017.

I left the Foundation in early 2018 to explore some new opportunities and adventures but continue to support the foundation and Code Club.


Code Club

Co-founder (CEO 2012-2016)
I cofounded Code Club, a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-13 because it is important to me that children all over the world get an equal opportunity to learn how to build their ideas with computers in order to change their world and the world around them.

Children attend Code Club for an hour a week, learning computing through project based learning using projects designed and published by Code Club. There are now over 100,000 children a week attending Code Club around the world.

I was the CEO from foundation until April 2016 when I led Code Club in a merger with the Raspberry Pi Foundation where it continues to thrive and grow today.

Code Club around the world and in the UK .uk

 10,000 clubs and still growing strong

10,000 clubs and still growing strong

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User Experience Design

I trained as a graphic designer at Bath Spa University then took my first job as an Art Director at an advertising agency in London. I developed an interest in web design and moved to Loft where I designed websites for clients such as the The AA. In 2010 I took a role as Senior Designer at boutique UX and design agency Pixelgroup and began teaching myself front end programming to build my own first websites. Whilst at Pixelgroup I started BrainyHacks - a non technical creative-hack event which resulted in the existence of a service helping young people show their soft skills to get into work. I moved to Albion as User Experience Designer in 2012 where I designed a network messaging application for Telefonica - whilst there I co-founded Code Club.

During my time in each of these roles, I learned time and again that whether you’re designing systems, brands or campaigns you must listen to what your customers do and say and just as importantly, what they don’t say. 



Social Innovation Summit
Stuttgart, Germany 2018

MIT Solve
New York, USA 2017

European Forum Alpbach
Alpbach, Austria 2016

Edutech Asia  
Singapore 2016

House of Lords Digital Skills Committee
London, UK 2015

Adobe summit
London, UK 2015

Wikimania - Future of Education
London, UK 2014

Pioneers conference
Vienna, Austria 2013

Brooklyn Beta
Brooklyn, USA 2013

Founders forum
London, UK  2012 + 2013

TedX Brighton
Brighton, UK 2012


 Adobe Summit 2015

Adobe Summit 2015


Press highlights


BBC Radio 4
Future Speak Interview with Tom Armitage for Radio 4's Future Speak series.

Huffington Post
My article: Future Proofing Today's Students Against Tomorrow's Digital Skills Gap

Red Magazine
The Women shaping your world

Innovate My School
My article: Digital skill building starts at the Primary level


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