Claire is Faversham born and bred, she attended Davington Primary School, Lady Capel School and the Abbey School.
Claire is married with 4 grown up children, all of whom were also educated in the town.
Claire works locally and has previously been a Town Councillor. In her spare time Claire is a Trustee of the Bensted Charities and Faversham Community Land Trust which she has stepped down from chairing due to her commitments at Swale Borough Council. She is also a member of the Faversham Society.