Clare Pillman is Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales. She joined the Civil Service in 1990 after studying at St Andrew’s University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and has worked in a number of different UK Government Departments, including the Department for National Heritage, the Treasury and the Ministry of Justice. In 2004 Clare moved back to Wales to work for the newly created Courts Service, which brought together the Crown and County Courts with the Magistrates Courts for the first time. During this time she chaired the North Wales Local Criminal Justice Board, led the campaign for a prison in North Wales and led Her Majesty’s Courts Service Wales (HMCS) to become the first Wales-wide body to receive the Chartermark award for Customer Service.
Clare returned to London in 2011 to become Director of Culture at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. She led the work on the Cultural Olympiad and a major change programme within the Department. Since then, she has led work to develop new strategies for Sport, Tourism and Culture, overseen the delivery of events such as the Rugby World Cup and the World Athletics Championships, developed and led the programme to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, and created new models of governance and financing for organisations such as Historic England, English Heritage, the Royal Parks and Visit Britain.
Clare is currently a Board Member of the North Wales Building Preservation Trust and a Council Member of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust. Prior to this she was a Trustee of the Institute of Cancer Research in London for ten years.