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Clare Laws read Film and American Studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, spending her third year abroad at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
After leaving UEA, Clare started work in administration for the London Borough of Lambeth. In 2002 she moved to the east coast of Spain to teach English and also worked as an office manager for a small internet company.
In 2007 Clare returned to the UK and was appointed Practice Manager for Space Syntax Ltd, an architectural design company using an advanced spatial technology which was originally developed at University College London. She was responsible for human resources management, office operations and facilities and led a small administrative team.
In December 2009 Clare joined the Museum on a maternity cover contract as Department Manager for Entomology and Head of Science Administration.
Her contract was extended in 2010 and she remains Head of Science Administration. In this role she has overall responsibility for the provision of financial administration in Science Group for all core-funded activities, including various strategic funds and day-to-day administration of Science Group internal transactions. A key part of the role is to develop relationships and alliances with key stakeholders in Science Group and non-science groups to promote administration strategy, policy and practice.
Her new role is split between managing Science Administration and project managing the Museum-wide review of administrative service provision, working alongside the NHM Director of HR.