Meet our team / Claire Ward

Claire Ward


Partner in the projects team

My role

I support local authorities nationwide and act as an important sounding board for council monitoring officers, chief executives and other senior officers on governance issues.

My experience

I have extensive local government expertise having been monitoring officer and director of governance and legal services at Herefordshire Council, where I also served as acting deputy chief executive. Prior to taking up post in Herefordshire, I worked for Cumbria County Council, after qualifying as a solicitor.

My specialisms

  • Governance


My latest articles

All change: dealing with change in political administration
All change: dealing with change in political administration

After an election where a change in political administration occurs, members and officers are finding their feet and members can, unintentionally, blur the boundaries of where responsibility lies between officers and members. This can mean that officers are unsure of what to do and may need additional skills in navigating this dynamic, especially if the ways of doing things have been a certain way for a long period.