We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Cirrus director Clare Hayward has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, which recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.
Clare has played a pivotal role in driving the success of Cirrus since we were founded in 2010, building successful partnerships with major clients and inspiring colleagues across our global team to deliver outstanding results.
“Receiving an MBE is a huge honour,” says Clare. “I have been privileged to work with a wide range of wonderful people both in business and in the community, and have always been hugely enthusiastic about building regional and international growth through creating connections and encouraging collaboration. I believe that developing people’s skills and capabilities is critical to our long-term success and wellbeing, and am delighted to be involved in projects that are focused on doing exactly that. I’ve been a part of many wonderful initiatives which have had a lasting impact on other people’s lives. This award also recognises many of the people and teams I’ve been proud to partner with.”
Throughout her outstanding 30-year career in leadership consultancy, Clare has chaired and facilitated international boards, senior management teams and groups of leaders, helping to create more agile and high-performing organisations.
Previously, Clare founded and grew Academee into a successful leadership learning business which was acquired by global management consultancy Oliver Wyman, where she became a global head of market development.
Clare’s MBE recognises her extensive community work. She a member of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board and chairs the Employer Skills and Education Board. In May, Clare announced that the LEP has been selected by the UK government as of only three new Local Digital Skills Partnerships. Another new initiative, The Pledge Partnership, puts employers at the heart of inspiring, informing and communicating with the next generation of employees across Cheshire and Warrington. Businesses and educators are working together to offer every young person in the area with the opportunity to develop their skills and offer the choice of a job, training, or further education opportunity when they leave school. There are also plans for a Virtual Institute of Technology, the first in the UK, which will be focused on digital, STEM, and priority sector skills.
As a vice president of East Cheshire Hospice, Clare helped to introduce the innovative Hospice @Home service, empowering patients with choice and control over quality end-of-life care. She is also a supporter of Rising Stars, which helps young girls to achieve their full potential in the workplace.
Clare is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire and serves on the board of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Previous roles include sitting on Manchester Metropolitan University’s MBA advisory board, serving as an independent board member of the Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, and as a chair of school governors. Clare also founded and chaired Make It Macclesfield, a community interest company focused on the town’s economic prosperity.
Clare has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and was awarded an honorary DBA from the University of Chester. She has been recognised by the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, the Executive Team of the Year Awards, the North West Women of Achievement Awards, and the Cheshire Businesswoman of the Year Awards.