Clare Hawkins
Chief Executive, Stepney City Farm and Rural Arts Centre

Throughout a varied career, Clare has taken a special lead in employability and fair access, overseeing Apprenticeships and work placements, and project managing a five-year Heritage Lottery funded Traineeship programme.

Clare is currently the Chief Executive of Stepney City Farm and Rural Arts Centre, a working farm in East London providing a community meeting place, the opportunity to try out arts and crafts, and educating visitors in sustainable living practices.

Prior to this, Clare progressed during 9 years at the Whitechapel Gallery to the position of Administration Manager, a role encompassing management of human resources; access and employability; and Company Secretarial duties for the Whitechapel Gallery charity and its trading subsidiary, Whitechapel Gallery Ventures Ltd.

Clare has been a member of the Government organised Local Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (LAAN) for London since 2014, and has participated in and Chaired panels for the National Apprenticeship Awards for the past two years.

Clare holds an MSc in Charity Financial Management from London South Bank University, and a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art. She has previously worked in business banking at the Royal Bank of Scotland; as an English Language teacher in Tokyo; and has volunteered with organisations including Vital Regeneration, and the London Bubble Theatre Company.