Claire Ainsley

Claire Ainsley

JRF Executive Director

Claire is responsible for driving forward JRF’s strategy to inspire action to solve UK poverty. She oversees JRF’s evidence and impact, economics, policy and partnerships, advocacy and public engagement, and external affairs across the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Claire joined JRF in November 2013 as Director of Communications and External Affairs. She was appointed JRF Executive Director in December 2017. She leads work on understanding the social and political attitudes of people in poverty, and chaired the task group of JRF’s strategy to solve UK poverty. She is director champion for the JRF/ JRHT staff Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) network.

Prior to joining JRF in November 2013, Claire worked in public affairs and communications in the public and voluntary sectors, and for the UK's largest trade union.

Claire has a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MSc in Global Politics from the University of London. She is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life. Her book, ‘The New Working Class: how to win hearts, minds and votes’, was published in May 2018 by Policy Press. She is a trustee of Involve, a public participation charity.

Contact details

Twitter: @claire_ainsley

Email: [email protected]