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Claire Lichtwark-McInnes

Claire has ten years of experience as a management consultant, mentor, and facilitator – providing support and training in; communications, recruitment, employee development, manager mentoring. She works along side her Daughter Dr Rachel - the other half of McInnes Associates Limited.

Prior to consulting Claire worked as a local government senior manager, with experience across different functional areas including:

  • Human resources
    (including recruitment)
  • Media relations
  • Community consultation
  • Economic development
  • Customer services
  • Contract Management
  • Communications

Claire also has three decades of small buisness experience as Director of Karepo Pty Ltd an Australian company with three trading arms; Karepo Contracting, Johnston River Slipway and Beach Haven Holiday Rental and as a Partner in a NZ Dairy farm.

As a member of Toastmasters International Claire has represented her club in the area and regional contests, winning both the humorous and international speeches at the area level.

Here are some fun things to know:

  • She loves demolition (she spent a happy summer demolishing a huge 100-year-old storm-damaged farm shed, keeping the Kauri for up-cycling).
  • Used to race karts.
  • Was once known as Blue (from Blue and the Duke) a jazz and blues show on Big River Radio.
  • Her handle i.e. The Barefoot Recruiter is true she is often in bare feet. However the handle is also a nod to her practical pragmatic, down to earth approach to life and work.
  • Over the last few years she has lost 20% of her body weight or nearly 20kgs.

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