Clare has a PhD in Environmental Chemistry and worked as a research scientist before re-training as a teacher. She has taught at secondary, tertiary and adult level, and is a partner in a company that designs and delivers emergency management training. She has developed a number of SAR courses, which have been delivered for LandSAR, NZSAR and NZ Police; as well as developing CIMS, EOC and Welfare courses for the civil defence curriculum. She has delivered CIMS courses for TPP for a number of years. Clare is involved in local community organisations in her hometown of Hokitika, including the local Civil Defence and LandSAR team.