Meet the School Administration Manager: Clair Gould

Clair Gould tackles our questions for this month's 'Meet the Staff' series

Clair Gould is the School of Administration Manager for the School of Physical Sciences, and has has enjoyed a strong and successful career with over thirty years of business management, leadership and finance.

Here, Clair Gould shares her answers to our “Meet the Staff” questions.

1.What three words would you use to describe yourself? 

Passionate; Conscientious; Practical.

2. What inspires you in your work?

To be successful and provide the best service possible.

3. When did you first realise your interest/passion for your role? 

When people start to push you into wider contributions and ask you to be more involved.

4. What would you say was your greatest achievement?

Developing a reasonably successful career, whilst bringing up three children and renovating three properties over 25 years.

5. What would you say is the best part of your job?

Facilitating. Helping to plant seeds of ideas that are developed, grown and shared.

6. Why did you choose to work at the University of Kent?

To be able to support future ideas that could make a real difference.

7. What has been a personal highlight for your achievements in your work?

Being asked to be Director of Kent Cricket by the Board of Directors.

8. Where is the most interesting place you have been?

Country Dubai.

9. What are your proudest achievements outside of your work?

Creating a strong family home base.

10. What has been your greatest challenge?

Running a business at 21 years of age through a recession, whilst raising a family.

11. What do you like most about Canterbury?

The atmosphere. It has a traditional respectful beauty inside and out.

12. If you could pick anyone throughout history, to talk to, who would it be and why?

The Queen Elizabeth’s Mother.

Her experiences, resilience and ability to be a seemingly calm and strong woman behind two monarchs of the country would only be inspiring.

 

We would like to thank Clair for taking on our questions!

Watch out for your next ‘Meet the Staff’ in January’s Newsletter.