Claire Arnold
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Claire Arnold is a founding partner of Maxxim Consulting, one of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative consulting companies who work extensively in the Higher Education Sector.

Claire co-founded Maxxim Consulting in 2001 with her business partner Sozen Leimon. Growing the business from a start up, Maxxim now work with major clients including The Royal Mail, Meggit plc and De La Rue to name a few.

Claire specialises in organisational strategy, change management and leadership development with significant experience in supporting leadership teams pre and post merger. Having been involved in a number of significant transformation projects in both public and private sectors, Claire has worked intensely with CEOs and their boards to develop and communicate business vision and strategy.

Maxxim works with universities on the efficiency and effectiveness of their professional services, governance, leadership team development, organisational change and performance management. Maxxim has worked with university from all parts of the Higher Education sector including Oxford University, King’s College London, University of Reading, Lancaster University, University of Northampton and Bournemouth University.

Blog Entries by Claire Arnold

Universities Challenged

(1) Comments | Posted 3 December 2012 | (16:20)

The impact of recent policy changes is now being felt across the UK Higher Education sector. Universities are having to face up to the demands of new challenges:


•Attracting and retaining students who are better informed and more concerned about the value-for-money of their educational choices than...

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Cleared for Take-Off

(0) Comments | Posted 24 August 2012 | (18:09)

When the Higher Education funding changes initially took place there was a lot of doom and gloom in the sector about the possible negative effects, particularly on the newer teaching focused universities. Applications from UK students were down by around 48,000, partly due to fewer students taking a gap in...

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University Leadership: Knowing How To Win

(0) Comments | Posted 20 August 2012 | (12:15)

When the Government introduced changes to the Higher Education fee regime it also significantly altered the Higher Education market and created new demands on leadership in the sector.

In the past, when universities had a guaranteed income, the whole business of running a university was about management of the academic...

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Change Management at Barclays

(0) Comments | Posted 6 July 2012 | (13:53)

In the wake of Mr Diamond's resignation, one of the most interesting things that stood out was the use of the word "franchise." Most of us with mortgages or loans for cars observe Barclays as a global business. When the term "franchise" is used we become very unhappy as we...

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University Leadership: An Opportunity to Shine or a Trip to the Dark Side?

(1) Comments | Posted 25 April 2012 | (18:19)

Higher Education is in the midst of a major transition, and universities (especially modern universities) are working hard to adapt by developing new business models. For half a century, the government provided high levels of support for universities on the basis that higher education is a "public good". Thousands of...

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