Clare Thornton-Eckford – (Chair)

Profession: solicitor specialising in Family Law. Clare is managing partner in her own firm Thornton Jones based in Wakefield. She is also a mediator and an Arbitrator. The company employ 15 people and Clare is responsible for staff training, finances, marketing, and IT. She is also on the national panel for “resolution” which is the body which represents specialist family lawyers, where I deal with complaints. I am regularly asked to speak on various family topics and local and national conferences and received the Yorkshire Legal Award prize for dispute resolution.

Governance: Clare was a governor and Chair at Barkston Ash Primary school for 6 years and then joined the shadow governing body of Sherburn High school in 2010, continued through to the full governing body and then became Chair of Governors at SHS in 2013 continuing to date.

Other: Clare has 4 children; 2 have been students at Barkston Ash then Sherburn High and now are at university and working. The younger two are currently in years 5 and 6 at Barkston and will be attending Sherburn High school from September this year. She is very much part of the community and has been involved in the forming of the STAR alliance from the beginning. She feels passionately that all the young people in our community deserve the best educational environment in which they can flourish and that the STAR MAT is a real opportunity to achieve that for all.