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Clare Riley

Consultant: Higher Education
Skills and Employability

Bringing energy and insight for skills and employability, with leadership roles at Microsoft and the BBC and a deep understanding of tertiary education.  Able to design and deliver solutions spanning public sector policy, global technology and academia, to help your institution and your students realise their aspirations.



Dr Andy Callaghan, Professor  University of Nottingham

"This short video shows the impact Clare has had through the partnership she created, between the University of Nottingham and Microsoft, to bring curricula and certification for the most in-demand technologies of cloud, data, AI and security etc, to students across the Business School.  Our university has benefited hugely from her passion for student outcomes."

Jen Wyatt, Director of Education Microsoft UK

 "Clare leaves an incredible legacy at Microsoft from her 20 years supporting the Education business.  She has shown tenacity, leadership, the ability to solve any problem thrown at her, a drive for tangible results and incredible relationship skills all underpinned with the most authentic passion for education outcomes - from students to teachers through to government and beyond."

Gunter Saunders, the University of Westminster

“The University of Westminster has been able to transform our skills & employability offerings for students through our relationship with Clare and Microsoft.  She has opened our eyes to the opportunities for  collaboration with industry and thousands of our students have chosen to engage in the programmes she has brought to our campus.”

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Use my expertise and experience in projects and business developments
in these areas

Skills and Employability

  • Understanding the requirements of business and the expectations of students

  • Building partnerships between academia and industry

  • Focusing on diversity so benefits accrue to all students

New Business Development
  • Developing innovative new strategies

  • Managing large and complex initiatives, drawing on project and operations management experience to make them happen

Stakeholder management and engagement
  • Building and managing key relationships and partnerships to deliver your project ambitions

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About Me

Biography: Clare Riley

An innovative and experienced corporate level professional with a 20+ year career encompassing leadership roles in global public and private sector players in education and technology (BBC and Microsoft).  Successfully leading collaboration between industry and academia to transform the skills and employability of all students.  With a deep understanding of tertiary education and broad expertise managing teams locally and globally, collaborating with academia, government and policy bodies, I am uniquely suited to help your educational organisation in a variety of ways  

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Contact Me

89 St Mark's Road


W10 6JS

Tel: +44 7889 852 192

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