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Although brought up in Devon, I have lived and worked in Cornwall for over 20 years, residing in the St Austell area with my wife and three teenage children. In my day job I work for Public Health as their carbon and sustainability lead, a role I really enjoy which involves meeting lots of people across the county. Music makes an important contribution to health and well being, often associated with happiness and joy it also helps build cultural and social bridges. Its an honour to work with Cymaz helping support them deliver the positive contribution they make to the lives of people living in Cornwall
Claire was born in Pendleton, in the City of Salford in the 1950’s before relocating to Cornwall in 1992 with her Husband and two or her four children, two of whom were born in Penrice Maternity Unit in St. Austell. Claire combined her experience of being a mother of 4 with a full time career which spans over 35 years, primarily in the field of Human Resources, in both the private and public sectors, across the full range of HR functions and activities. Her later years were spent working in Human Resources Management for the NHS until her retirement in March 2013. Since then Claire has continued to provide HR support and services to a number of Charitable Trusts. In her earlier years Claire was a keen violinist; she was leader of the Salford Youth Orchestra and played to audiences which include Benjamin Brittan and Imogen Holst. She was presented with Junior Exhibitioners Awards, was guest of a number of County Youth Orchestras and went on to play for the Salford Symphony Orchestra, as well as work freelance from time to time, before moving to Cornwall.
I remember, some years ago, being invited to a performance by local musicians that included a particularly dynamic youth band.
Another invitee was the headteacher of the local secondary school. He suddenly realised that the musician who was holding the band together was a young man he had permanently excluded from his school because his behaviour could not be managed. It was –of course!- a CYMAZ supported band. What CYMAZ had done was demonstrate what the young man could do - not what his problems were.
I was elected to Cornwall County Council in 1999 and was the Cabinet Member for Children & Young People from 2001-2005.
CYMAZ was a valuable resource available to me to offer as addirtional support for many young people and their carers when other, more “traditional” methods had failed. Not all problems can be prevented, but showing people a good time and imparting a valuable skill is self- evidently a powerful way to help address and ameliorate difficulties that can arise in life.
From 2005 to 2009 I was Cabinet Member for Adult Care, where I was able to witness the continued success of CYMAZ’s work into the adult lives of young people.
It is a testimony to the quality and dedication of CYMAZ that so many have been able to benefit from the support CYMAZ offers.
In future, their remit now widened despite the funding having shrunk, their legacy and reputation will ensure may more have access to superb and uplifting opportunities – and have a lot of fun.
I trained and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant several years ago in between raising my two children.
Since then I have worked for a variety of entities from manufacturing to audio visual companies and more recently became involved with charities such as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, this made a pleasant change, working with a not for profit organisation.
I am now fully employed as Finance Manager for a Renewable Energy company which installs wind turbines, solar PV installations and biomass boilers. Although not of charitable status I am pleased to be in a business that promotes a greener lifestyle.
I really enjoy being involved with CYMAZ, because as well as being something very removed from finance, I fully support and appreciate the ethos of the organisation and just hope that I can assist them all to carry on the amazing work they do.