Claire Dove

Blackburne House Group

Claire Dove is a key player in the social enterprise movement and since the early 1980s has led the Blackburne House Group using her entrepreneurial skills to support the growth of the organisation into an award-winning and extremely successful social business. Blackburne House is a Liverpool based organisation that works regionally and nationally and has empowered thousands of women into careers in non-traditional areas such as construction. It is a Beacon College and runs the School for Social Entrepreneurs in the North West.

Claire is a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside, a Fellow and governor of John Moores University, Vice Chair of Liverpool Community College, a business ambassador for the Northwest and an advisor to the University of Liverpool in addition to supporting a wide range of organisations. She has sat on a number of local and national commissions and panels and is currently chairing a Fairness Commission for the City of Liverpool.

Claire has been extremely active in shaping the strategic direction of social enterprise policy at a national level since the inception of the Social Enterprise UK. Claire was appointed as a UK Social Enterprise Ambassador and on joining the board of the Coalition, she chaired their BAME Taskforce before taking over as Chair in 2007 from Baroness Glenys Thornton.