forgetful wife, embarrassing mum, fierce ally, netflixer, occasional potty-mouth and soap-box ranter, cancer survivor, poor own-advice taker, squad member and loyal friend
This is me - the real, at home, selfie-photo, laughter-lined, grey-rooted, stuff in the background, me - Claire Warner - regularly found in a slogan hoodie and much of the time, totally 'winging it'!
I'm married to the long-suffering Mr W and we live (Life: part Two) with our two daughters, Warners Tall and Small, and Maddie the horse, and Rowan the dog, on the side of the Pennines in Lancashire
My great passions: coffee; blue cheese; live music; stand-up comedy; The West Wing; horse-riding; house renovation; holidays; Team Warner; and persuading people to not wait for something as drastic as cancer to put themselves on their own priority list
My life currently, in one phrase?
"Sorry, I started and got distracted. And then forgot"
Claire Warner, BA (Hons), MInstLM, MCIOF, FRSA
Founder & CEO - Lift. workplace culture & wellbeing consultancy; Founder & Curator - Charity Workplace Wellbeing Summit; personal growth & life balance coach; entrepreneur; public speaker; blogger; podcast host
award-winning workplace culture & wellbeing specialist; Roffey Park Institute trained Management Coach; Management Centre trained Charity Sector Senior Leader and Fundraising Director
Founder & CEO of Lift - a consultancy that helps organisations to develop their own way of delivering incredible results whilst Lift.ing, not breaking, their staff
Vision & Mission
My vision is simple - to ensure that no-one else waits for anything as drastic as cancer to live the life they deserve
My mission is to help those who have dedicated their careers to doing good in the world, but who give too much to work, to create the space and the permission they need to prioritise themselves
I was born, the eldest daughter of a Baptist Minister Dad and a French Teacher Mum
We moved "up north" and I went to our local primary and secondary schools. I was a very shy child (still am!) and developed a love of music and animals
Gained a place at Chethams School of Music where I studied the flute and piano and did my A Levels
I applied for (and un-surprisingly didn't get) a sponsorship manager role at the Halle Orchestra, but instead they created me a trainee fundraiser role (I've never looked back)
Worked my way up the in-house fundraising ladder with roles at Opera North and leading the Public Capital Appeal at Imperial War Museum North
Set up as a freelance fundraiser, and worked with some amazing client organisations, large and small. Then added interim and trouble-shooter roles to my freelance portfolio and successfully undertook some brilliant projects, some of my proudest work
Warner Tall was born 3 weeks early (obviously wasn't known as Tall then) and became a mum for the first time. I took 10 weeks' maternity leave. This had a huge impact on my interest in nurturing people in the workplace as well as at home
Warner Small was born (also 3 weeks early). I had to submit a Hospice UK grant application on my phone from my hospital bed when she was 1 day old. I took 3 weeks' maternity leave (see, wellbeing hasn't always been on my radar!)
I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and life stopped for 10 months while I underwent treatment. Then, as the fourth of four parents in Warner Tall's class of 28 to be diagnosed with a potentially life-limiting illness, I hit rock bottom mentally and emotionally in November 2017 when I was the only one of those four still alive
Made big life changes. Sold detached 1970s housing estate house and bought 1800s cottage in the country. Founded Claire Warner Wellbeing (now Lift.) focussing on individual and workplace wellbeing. Conducted the UK's first charity sector-specific wellbeing research: Charity Well; spoke at LOTS of sector conferences on the subject of wellbeing
In response to wellbeing nose-dive caused by the pandemic (and the cancellation of all my paid work) I created a number of online, easy access and people-centred programmes, including a free 5-day wellbeing challenge: Shine. I won Best Digital Leader Award at the Social CEOs for these and the wellbeing research. Bought a horse.
Created and curated the first Charity Workplace Wellbeing Summit with Fundraising Everywhere; launched Thrive - my programme for Fundraising leaders; I ran pilots of wellbeing-led management training programme. And I was named as one of Charity Times' 20 "Pandemic Pioneers"
workplace culture and wellbeing consultancy REALLY took off. Developed wellbeing-led management training into a certificated programme. Divided work under two separate brands: Lift, for the workplace focussed work, and Claire Warner for the self-focussed work. Designed signature culture and wellbeing programme for 2023 and developed outlive plans for Chose You membership
Want to know more?
I've been a guest on a number of podcasts in the last few years. These two interviews cover life as well as work. Click on the images to listen - I hope you enjoy
In July 2019, I was invited to chat with podcasting legends Kenneth Foreman and James Wright, as a guest on their Do More Good Podcast, to talk about life, wellbeing and everything in between.
In March 2021, I was a guest on The Intersection Hub, hosted by the beautiful soul that is Kimberley Mackenzie where we talked about how life can change in a moment and how to live a life worth living