Claire Antrobus

I’m a coach, facilitator, trainer and consultant based in York working with individuals and organisations around the UK, face-to-face and online - supporting others to learn to change.

I began my career in the mid 1990s in curatorial roles at Leeds City Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park before moving into funding and development with London Arts Board / Arts Council England and later as Head of Arts at British Council France. Over the past decade I’ve held interim senior management roles at Tate Liverpool and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, and delivered a variety of successful independent projects helping people and organisations to learn and create change.

I trained as a coach in 2010, as part of my Fellowship, and a strong coaching ethos now underpins all my work – building confidence, clarity and commitment to achieve better performance. With a background in research, I ensure my practice is informed by current thinking, but not hampered by jargon or unnecessary complexity. I work with a wide range of people and organisations from artists and volunteer-run museums through to universities and national museums and arts companies.

How the Fellowship impacted me

Enormous! I feel extremely grateful for my Fellowship which enabled me to develop my career in new directions. Whilst on the surface it may seem that I am in the same role as before the Fellowship (self-employed consultant) as before the Fellowship the reality is that the work I do now is very different.

For me Clore rekindled and resourced my passion for learning and enabled me to refresh and extend my skills, knowledge and networks. The work I now do as a consultant, coach or trainer enables others to learn and therefore improve their impact as individuals and organisations.

How I am using my skills for change

Through my Clore Fellowship I trained as a coach, facilitator and Action Learning Facilitator and I use these approaches across my work to support individual, team and organisational learning and development.

I also undertook training in Leading Change (at Henley Business School) and enabling organisational change and development has become an area of consultancy which I particularly enjoy. A 'mini-secondment' with Tate, and mentoring from Sir Nicholas Serota, led to an invitation to work for Tate Liverpool on a year-long change project through which I supported senior colleagues to develop new strategies and new ways of working that were more collaborative, entrepreneurial and audience-focused. As a consultant I now regularly support organisations and leaders to create organisational change - ensuring their organisations have a bigger impact on society and can respond to the rapid pace of change in their operating environments.