• Claire Wright

    Local government trainer. Writer. Occasional broadcaster.

     

    What I do
     
    Training
    Drawing on 20 years of experience - a decade in public sector communications and 12 years as an active high profile Independent politician - I provide training for new and aspiring councillors on effective community campaign skills, including writing for publication, media relations, how to communicate effectively with local people and how to influence decision-makers.
     
    Copywriting and content creation
    I’ve been writing for publication since 2001, including press releases, newspaper columns, blog posts (see the blog section), articles speeches, manifestos and social media posts, so I’m happy to provide assistance to companies or organisations that need extra help with their writing requirements.

  • What I did
     
    A high profile councillor
    I represented my community in and around Ottery St Mary either on the town council, East Devon District Council and Devon County Council between 2009 and 2021. I ran countless campaigns, including on environmental issues, such as protecting trees and the local beaver population, and supporting pollinators with wildflowers. Battling against austerity to retain important services, especially those provided by the NHS was also a priority for me.
     
    As a member of East Devon District Council, much of my focus was on encouraging greater transparency and tackling conflicts of interest in planning issues.
     
    Parliamentary campaigns
    During my political career I ran for the East Devon Parliamentary seat three times, coming second at each election and in 2019 achieving almost 26,000 votes. I was the leading Independent candidate in the country on each occasion.

    NHS communications
    I spent a decade in local NHS public relations from 2001 as a media relations officer, largely focused on public health campaigns, before launching my freelance career in 2007, working with the NHS in Torbay on a number of projects, including supporting carers and people with depression more effectively.
     
    An occasional broadcaster
    I am regularly invited to take part in political discussions on local radio and have recorded debates with other news outlets, such as the New Statesman.
     
    Other information
    I was a deputy chair on the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board for almost three years, resigning when I left frontline politics, as is the requirement. I still hold a peer role with the LGA, however and retain strong links with the Independent Group office.
     
    Prior to my political career I spent over a decade in public sector communications, mainly in the NHS in Devon, largely working on public health campaigns and media relations.
     
    I hold a Diploma (merit) in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
     
    Contact
    Please feel free to get in touch on 07590 042627 or send me a message HERE