Claire Bennett, regional director for Common Purpose in West and North Yorkshire, has been promoted to the national role of operations director with the international leadership development organisation.
Over the past 12 months, Claire has delivered courses for senior and emerging leaders in Yorkshire, taken part in global work with Commonwealth leaders and was part of the team working in-house with Morrisons PLC.
In her capacity as operations director, she will oversee all Common Purpose courses in West and North Yorkshire, the North West of England and Northern Ireland.
She said: “I am delighted to join colleagues on the UK senior management team and to be able to make a contribution at this level. I love seeing the difference our work makes to leaders, organisations and places in Yorkshire.
“This is a great opportunity and I shall enjoy continuing to grow our work not only here in Yorkshire, but also across the North West and Northern Ireland.”
Common Purpose brings together leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to solve problems. Claire joined the organisation in 1997 and during her time at Common Purpose has been involved in chairing the national 20:20 programme, along with customised work for clients including Leeds City Council, Leeds University and Ernst & Young.
She is a member of Bradford College’s search committee, a school governor at Oakwood Primary School in Leeds, a board member of Young Enterprise in West Yorkshire and a former steering group member for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s programme in Bradford. She sits on the Yorkshire and Humber regional judging panels for the International Service Human Rights Awards and BT’s Community Connections Awards.