Director - Claire Thomas

Lead on Education


  • Head of Student Transition and Progression at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Chair of Governors at Catcliffe Primary School – Governance has been consistently good for last two inspections
  • Experience of recruitment, appraisals and sickness reviews.
  • Experience of leading HR.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation of new services.
  • Experience of developing and auditing effectiveness of service.
  • Wide experience in the development and delivery of research studies and leadership in the implementation of results.
  • Experience in critiquing and analysing data.
  • Expertise in education standards, recruitment, research and finance



  • After more than 20 years as a librarian at Sheffield Hallam University I've been privileged to apply my experience supporting students and managing staff to a new role outside the library. As Head of Student Transition and Progression in Student Support Services I'm leading a team responsible for supporting the progression and achievement of priority widening participation student groups, including oversight of the management of funding schemes and student financial support.
  • This has given me the opportunity to focus my professional energies on enabling the success of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, a key driver for me in my role as Chair of Governors at my local primary school where I'm able to work with colleagues to ensure that the children in my community are achieving their potential.
  • Claire is also an experienced leader with experience of appraising staff and dealing with HR issues. She brings this experience to the board and is fully committed to her role of championing the quality of provision across settings.