Claire Dove OBE DL – Chief Executive, Blackburne House and VCSE Crown Representative

2018 Cohort

Claire Dove OBE DL was recently appointed as the Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector. She is a passionate champion of the social enterprise movement and has a unique blend of commercial experience and deep understanding of disadvantage and poverty. Claire served two terms as SEUK’s chair, demonstrating her leadership in advocating for the nation’s social enterprises and charities to the highest levels of Government.

Furthermore, since the early 1980s she has led the Blackburne House Group using her entrepreneurial skills to support the growth of the organisation into an award winning and extremely successful social business. Blackburne House is a Liverpool based organisation that has empowered thousands of women into careers in non-traditional areas such as construction. 

Claire was also appointed as a UK Social Enterprise Ambassador and on joining the board of the Coalition government she chaired their BAME Taskforce before taking over as Chair in 2007 from Baroness Glenys Thornton.

Claire is a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside, a Fellow and governor of John Moores University, Vice Chair of Liverpool Community College and a business ambassador for the Northwest, an advisor to the University of Liverpool besides supporting wide range of organisations.  She has sat on a number of local and national commissions and panels and is currently chairing a Fairness Commission for the City of Liverpool.  She is Patron to a number of organisations which include St. Cuthbert’s College in St. Helens and Ubunifu a social enterprise in Kenya.