Carlyle Key Parent Coaching
Claire Macdonald has experience in a number of sectors, including property, recruitment, charities and education. While her children were young, she founded and ran a children’s education business, branded as Flying Start, which when she sold it in 2006 had three nurseries with over a hundred children and thirty staff.
Starting and promoting a growing business have given Claire a wide variety of skills. Creating an enterprise dependent on quality and reputation, overcoming bureaucratic intervention, selecting and training staff, dealing directly with clients and government agencies all contributed to her being able to combine running a socially responsible company with profitability. It was a challenge to produce a sustainable venture in a low-return sector and she very much enjoyed developing her small business to the point of sale. Claire is now using her entrepreneurial creativity and knowledge in a series of new start-ups. (see below)
Claire was a Home Office appointed member of the Independent Monitoring Board of a prison for five years and she is a Governor of a leading independent boarding prep school. She divides her time between London and Wiltshire. She is married with three adult children.
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