Claire lives just outside Dungannon with her husband and three children. Her background is in law and she worked as a Solicitor until 2014.
Motherhood changed Claire's perspective; she was no longer prepared to accept things as they are, or only hope for change - she wanted to effect change.
Claire volunteers with parenting charities and is a founding Trustee of parenting organisation, BirthWise. She has led numerous campaigns, most recently against the maternity restrictions during the pandemic. She believes service users should inform their care and this also applies to politics - politicians need to listen to what people need and not presume to know.
Her current job is in community development where listening to the community is key. This experience led her to join Alliance because she wants a more inclusive society for her children. She wants her daughter to have the same opportunities as her sons. She wants to #DemandBetter for them.
Claire's priorities for Mid Ulster
Access to services in the Mid Ulster area is a challenge. Claire will work with local health trusts to improve services, especially mental health services (including for new parents.)
2. Rural Needs
Rural communities have particular needs that can often be overlooked. Marginalised and vulnerable people are additionally affected due to isolation. Claire will tirelessly work to highlight the needs of communities right across Mid Ulster.
3. Shared Future
Claire passionately believes in using shared education to create a shared future. She will also work with invaluable community groups to deliver equality regardless of gender, race or community background.