Clare Pelham

Clare Pelham has been Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability for over five years. But her connection with the charity began as a student when she lived in the attic of a care home one summer and worked as a volunteer supporting disabled people.

Clare believes passionately in the manifesto of Leonard Cheshire Disability – to work for a society in which every person is equally valued, and for disabled people to have the freedom to live their lives the way they choose.

Before joining Leonard Cheshire Disability, Clare was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Judicial Appointments Commission. She has also held senior civil service positions in the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Constitutional Affairs.

Clare has also worked in the private sector at IBM and was a member of the Executive Committee of Coca-Cola GB & Ireland where, as Director of Active Lifestyles, she was responsible for the company’s partnerships with the voluntary sector aimed at increasing participation in physical activity among young people.

Entries by Clare Pelham

Did You Go to School?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2016 | (16:51)

It sounds like a ridiculous question. Of course you went to school. And so did everyone you know. It's where you made your first and, often, best friends. It's where you learned to read and write and where you began your education.

But millions of disabled children in Africa...

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Facing a Second Battle Today

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2015 | (13:00)

As Armistice Day approaches, our thoughts are with those who have given their lives in conflict so that we may live as we do.

This time of year is very resonant to me personally as our founder Leonard Cheshire, the famous and decorated hero of the Second...

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World Poverty: Time to Stop Talking About It and Actually Do Something

(0) Comments | Posted 9 September 2015 | (11:43)

This week everyone and their neighbour is an expert on overseas aid. Last week (and again today) it was top athletes allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs: but that's another story. But it really is time to stop the talking.

Like everyone reading this, I believe in justice. It's easy to talk...

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Call to Change the Way We Think About Care

(1) Comments | Posted 6 February 2015 | (16:42)

I think it was on West Wing that I first heard a politician faced with a tricky interview advised to challenge the premise of the question. Some eminent persons - pundits and politicians alike - seem to have taken this advice to extremes. To the extent that viewers and listeners...

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Disabled People More Likely to Be Seen on the Streets Than on Our Screens

(2) Comments | Posted 19 September 2014 | (14:45)

When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any...

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

(0) Comments | Posted 3 September 2014 | (10:39)

Choosing your own home is so important. But for many disabled and older people who need care to live a full life there is simply no choice.

We all remember our first home. Quite often a lot less comfortable than the one we live in now. Sometimes draughty, if not...

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What Do the Prime Minister, the BBC and the National Union of Students Have in Common?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (00:00)

What do the Prime Minister, the BBC and the National Union of Students have in common?

Not very much, I think I hear you say. But one thing I am absolutely confident about. They all believe passionately that businesses should employ more disabled people.

It was a year ago...

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Farewell to Flying 15-Minute Care Visits

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2014 | (15:56)

Last year I was talking to a colleague at Leonard Cheshire Disability about how we had been seeing more and more 'flying' 15-minute home care visits, and she explained to me the grim reality that they mean in practice - care workers having to rush in, trying to provide complex...

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When You Can't Tell Anyone You've Been Raped - Because You're Disabled

(0) Comments | Posted 7 March 2014 | (12:33)

As women across the world get ready to celebrate their International Day, there is one sobering subject that we should not forget - the terrible toll abuse and violence takes on women, particularly disabled women.

Startling evidence shows that violence still dominates the lives of many disabled women. It is...

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Fine Words Butter No Parsnips: It's Not Proper 'Development' If One Billion Disabled People Are Excluded

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2013 | (09:28)

Today is International Day for Persons with Disabilities, a day dedicated to promoting the inclusion of disabled people in society and development. It's a perfect day to reflect on how far we have come, and celebrate the successes of disabled people.

But I'm afraid that on a day like...

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Are You OK With a Lady in the Gents?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (14:50)

Not so long ago there were separate "Ladies' Compartments" on trains. And indeed, more seriously, not only compartments of trains but also whole areas of employment that were closed to women. Now, that seems a thing of the dim and distant past. And the debate has moved on to whether...

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Would You Break the Silence in a Hushed and Crowded Train Compartment?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (14:51)

I have to admit that I am that person. You know. The one who fixes you with a penetrating look and says in a clear voice "Would you like to give your seat to this lady. I think she would like to sit down."

I wasn't always. I would stand...

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Dambusters: Living Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (13:21)

Many of us remember the outstanding bravery of the Dambusters from the epic film of our childhood. Others will have studied their heroism and the story of the "bouncing bomb" as part of the new school curriculum. But for me in the week which marks the 70th anniversary of the...

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George - Could We Have a Passionate Budget Please?

(2) Comments | Posted 18 March 2013 | (14:38)

There's been a lot of chatter in recent days about the budget. But it has lacked passion. It has utterly failed to engage the great British public. Why is this?

I suggest that the reason for the absence of fire is because all the discussion has been on arcane...

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Jill Archer Is My Role Model (Or How to Say 'No' Gracefully)

(0) Comments | Posted 7 March 2013 | (13:22)

The first time I heard someone say, "If you want something done, ask a busy woman", was about 20 years ago during an episode of The Archers when Jill Archer, the matriarch of the family saga, was looking for someone to cover her volunteering role at the WRVS.

It struck...

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Is It Only Jam Tomorrow for Disabled People?

(1) Comments | Posted 15 February 2013 | (23:00)

This week signalled an historic moment for the future of care in England. For the first time ever, anywhere, the UK government has placed a cap on the amount disabled and older people will have to pay for their care.

This was welcome news in principle for older and disabled...

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How Long From Bed to Front Door?

(3) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (23:00)

Ask your friends and colleagues how long it takes them every morning from the unwelcome alarm to the clunk of the front door closing behind them? The answers can illuminate their world view in an intriguing way; some otherwise dreamy types claim to manage it in a brisk 20 minutes....

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