About Claire (The Barefoot Consultant)

Something not many people know

  • Claire loves demolition (she spent a happy summer demolishing a huge 100-year-old storm-damaged farm shed, keeping the Kauri for upcycling).
  • Used to race karts.
  • Was once known as Blue (from Blue and the Duke) a jazz and blues show on Big River Radio.
  • This one is a little obvious from her handle, but she is comfortable in her bare feet.  The title is also a nod to her practical pragmatic, down to earth approach to life and work.

Facilitation and Coaching experience

Seven years of experience as a management consultant, mentor, and facilitator – providing support and training in; communications, recruitment, employee development, manager mentoring.

Professional Background

Ten years experience as a local government senior manager, with experience across differing functional areas including:

  • Communication,
  • Media relations,
  • Community consultation,
  • Economic development,
  • Customer services
  • Human resources

Five years experience in middle management and contract management.

Director of Karepo Pty Ltd an Australian company with three trading arms; Karepo Contracting, Johnston River Slipway and Beach Haven Holiday Rental.

Partner in a NZ Dairy farm.


  • Toastmasters International (ACB)
  • Advanced Management Programme (NZIM 2004)
  • ATCL (Associate of the Trinity College of London – effective speaking)
  • Various papers in business management (Accounting, Economics, Commercial Law, IT, Organizational Development, Statistics)

Public Speaking


As a member of Toastmasters International Claire has represented her club in the area and regional contests, winning both the humorous and international speeches at the area level.  See photo proof.