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Clare Pavitt

With a career spanning central and local government, the voluntary sector, broadcasting, the police service and higher education, Clare has more than 30 years’ experience supporting organisations on their equality, diversity and inclusion journeys.
Advance HE
Job Title
Principal Adviser EDI

Clare joined Advance HE in 2012 working with the former Equality Challenge Unit initially as a Senior Policy Adviser leading work on religion and belief and sexual orientation, and subsequently setting up and managing the training and learning service. 

Prior to joining the ECU she worked with York St John University to consolidate their approach to equality and diversity issues, including the development of a new equality analysis process.  As the Diversity Director at Greater Manchester Police she introduced the Force’s first Integrated Equality Scheme, developed an innovative suite of services to build equality and diversity skills and confidence amongst police officers, and was instrumental in developing the National Equality Standard for the Police Service to enables forces to effectively evaluate their progress on equality and diversity.

Clare has substantial experience of working with HE clients to address their equality, diversity and inclusion challenges. This has included:

  • Supporting institutions to tackle dignity at work issues, including harassment and bullying, and to build an inclusive culture.

  • Developing and delivering race equality programmes, incorporating an understanding of how racial privilege affects relationships between cultural groups; the nature and impact of micro-aggressions/affirmations, and how to build conscious inclusivity.

  • Understanding and dismantling barriers to inclusion – training on conscious and unconscious bias, privilege and disadvantage, structural, cultural and behavioural obstacles.

  • Developing guidance on the management of good relations on campus

  • Creating and delivering training and other resources to equip equality and diversity champions to be more effective in their role as change agents.

  • Training for line/project managers including introduction to equality, diversity and inclusion, fair recruitment and selection, managing performance, and leading diverse teams.