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Claire Wilkinson

General Counsel

I am white British, brought up in Oldham, Greater Manchester.  Staying in the north, I read French and German at Durham University.

I came to London and qualified as a solicitor at Slaughter and May specialising in corporate finance.  I then had 11 years’ experience in general counsel positions in the private equity sector and have now spent 10 years in asset management.

I founded the Private Equity Lawyers Forum in 2003 and ran a women in biotech networking group raising funds for charities in women’s empowerment.  I have served on the Professional Standards Committee of Invest Europe, chairing its Responsible Investment Roundtable, served on the Responsible Investment Board of the British Venture Capital Association and served as a member of the Investment Association’s Financial Crime Committee.

I am a trustee of The Big House Theatre providing performing arts experience for care-leavers, mentor for Black Women in Asset Management and on the Advisory Council of Trevelyan College, Durham.

I’m a domestic violence survivor and was single parent female breadwinner for my three children.

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