clare concannon

Clare Concannon

Trainer in Customer Care, Work/Life Balance, Assertiveness and Communication Skills

Training and Education

On successfully completing an OND in Hotel and Catering Operations at Ealing College, Clare went on to obtain a certificate in Group Training Techniques, with the Hotel and Catering Training Board. Following her passion for training and keeping fit, Clare was awarded in 1993 an RSA for teaching exercise to music. (Today, she still enjoys running in charity fun runs!). Studies at Westminster University, for a Certificate in Education, were swiftly followed by National Vocational Qualifications as an assessor and verifier. Subsequent work at Forte Hotels, on their world-wide Customer Care Project, “Commitment to Excellence”, enabled Clare to become a qualified Training Instructor/Facilitator.


Twenty years of working in operation management within the hospitality sector, gave Clare invaluable experience regarding people management and people skills, coupled with a passion for learning and development, Clare had an envious head start when she later turned her hand to a new challenge as an in-house trainer. In her capacity as a training manager for the contract catering firm The Compass Group, working to Investors in People principles ( IiP quality kite-mark for training and development), Clare took responsibility for the design and implementation of training programmes for staff and clients that included GlaxoSmithKline, PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Virgin Group.

For the last six years Clare has worked as a freelance training consultant designing bespoke courses to enhance management and team skills. Clare balances this work with part-time lecturing at Thames Valley University (formally Ealing College), working in the Faculty of Professional Studies, teaching on the Foundation Degree in Customer Care. For the last 3 years, Clare coordinates Thames Valley Universities' Enterprise Project, working with a consortium of seven universities to promote entrepreneurship.

Recent work on a project supporting women as intra and entrepreneurs, catapulted Clare to recognition within her field and the realisation of a lifetime ambition. In November 2007, Clare was deservedly applauded with the National Training Award for the Greater London Region.

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