What people say about me and my work


I feel really proud of the feedback that people have given me below and I wanted to share this with you, as some people won’t know me and the way I work and I think these testimonials give you a good flavour of my approach.


“It has been a very positive experience for me to work with Claire Haigh on the Future Leaders agenda. Claire is an outstanding connector, facilitator and enabler. Claire is naturally curious and innovative which means that her work is at the leading edge of change practice. She builds energy for change in those around her through her enthusiasm and passion for people. I look forward to working with Claire many more times in the future”.

Helen Bevan

Chief Transformation officer, Horizons Team at NHS England


“The NHS North West Leadership Academy has worked with Claire on many collaborative projects in recent years. Claire has extensive knowledge, experience and expertise in local government, wider public and 3rd sector which has been invaluable when working in partnership to develop new, informed, cross sector leadership development initiatives for the new and evolving health and care landscape. Claire has great drive, passion, enthusiasm and commitment, building networks and connecting people to explore and develop innovative solutions”.

Deborah Davis

Managing Director, NHS North West Leadership Academy


“Claire is someone who brings huge passion and enthusiasm to all that she does. It was a real pleasure to work with her on the development of the Leading GM programme. Her creativity and energy helped shaped the design and delivery of aspects of the programme such as Masterclasses and Future Leader events. She has great skills in developing relationships and connections, supporting others developing their leadership contributions”.

Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE FRSA

Chief Executive at Oldham Council and Greater Manchester Lead for Workforce and Leadership


“Claire is a colleague who I am delighted to recommend. I have known Claire for 6 years and have worked in collaboration with her over a number of high profile projects. Claire has a rare gift for strategy, collaborative leadership, leading change and building connections. She is also a talented coach. Claire brings strategic thinking, total commitment and empathy to her work together with a deep understanding of the challenges facing public services. I know anyone who works with Claire will gain enormous value”.

Lois Burton

 Managing Director Lois Burton Ltd, Leadership and Executive Coach


“Claire is naturally very engaging and builds relationships across networks. I have had the pleasure of working with Claire on numerous occasions and would not hesitate to recommend her if you need someone with strong facilitation, creative and inspiring approach. Claire has recently supported the Warrington Integrated OD Leads as an mentor for a 2 day Warrington Borough System Hackathon. Her support across the 2 days was invaluable in terms of supporting hackathon teams to breakdown system problems and creative innovative solutions. Her supportive challenging, inquisitive and insightful manner was highly noted by the Hackathon teams she supported. The fundamental role which Claire facilitated was the provision of coaching feedback to hackathon teams pitching their practice pitches. Her feedback was insightful, and enabled the teams to clearly position business ideas. Claire always seeks possibilities, and opportunities to align, build and connect”.

Suzanne Douglas

Organisational Development Manager at NHS Warrington & Halton Hospitals Trust

“I have worked in partnership with Claire on a number of events, presentations and programmes. Claire’s focus is always on the positive opportunities that can be realised through working together. She is an enthusiastic, creative and  highly skilled OD practitioner”.

Helen Kilgannon

Head of System Transformation at NHS Advancing Quality Alliance

“It was great to see you again and have you take part in our Retreat. The young participants found it extremely beneficial and believe that the skills they gained from the session will certainly help develop them in their career pathway as well as on their leadership journey. Many of our young people commented on how it has helped them define what is important and also how to achieve their aspirations and goals in the future. We really enjoyed having you take part and we really look forward to seeing you again soon”.

Carl Owen

Project Manager, Liverpool Uprising

“AQuA’s Academy has commissioned Claire to deliver three different sessions to support leaders who are working in the field of improvement.  Working with Claire has been a really positive experience and each time her response to our needs has been spot on.  Claire works openly and brings new thinking and a depth of understanding behind the concepts and ideas.  She works adeptly with groups, designing learning activities that play to all styles. Most importantly for us, each session has had real energy and received consistently high feedback from participants”.

Liz Twelves

Programme Lead, AQuA Academy

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