Impact of Major Events and MCS Annual General Meeting


Tuesday, 14 November 2023 at 18:00

RIBA North, 21 Mann Island, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 1BP


Merseyside Civic Society’s Annual General Meeting will precede this talk.

Click here for MCS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Annual Report.

Liverpool is widely regarded as a city that can put on a great show. From European Capital of Culture , River of Light and more recently Eurovision, our city excels at staging major events. We are delighted to welcome the person behind this successful track record to discuss the impact events have had on our City Region over the last twenty years.

Join us for a glass of wine, tea or coffee from 5:30pm. .

We request a donation of £3 towards refreshments but there is no charge for this event.

Claire is responsible for Culture Liverpool, Marketing Liverpool, Business Liverpool, City Halls, Cruise, Film Office and Tourist Information at Liverpool City Council. This Spring Claire delivered an unparalleled Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine using all her exceptional diplomatic and creative skills to deliver something extraordinary for the UK

Claire developed and produced the successful participation programme (Creative Communities) that was instrumental in Liverpool winning European Capital of Culture bid. In 2006 she was appointed Executive Producer of European Capital of Culture with responsibility for major events, public participation, and community engagement. She received the MBE for services to the arts in 2009.

Claire has led the legacy program in Liverpool over the last 10 years supporting and funding 35 cultural organisations, bringing new commercial events to the city and designing and producing a creative program for Liverpool that shapes it as a destination and a place to live. She sits on the City Region’s Cultural Partnership and the Visitor Economy Board and is a recipient of many awards the most recent being Woman of the Year – Chief Executives Award (Downtown Liverpool) Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

Claire is a national and international advisor and speaker on best practice in Culture acting for Arts Council England and Ireland, the British Council, Local Government Association and represented the UK in Thailand, Brazil and China. Claire was a Director on the Board of Derry/Londonderry the inaugural City of Culture program and is the European Board Director for Galway European Capital of Culture 2020. She was chosen by Karen Bradley, Secretary of State as the UK expert for the 2022 European Capital of Culture competition.

Claire delivered the Event Research Programme which opened the first night club, festival and business event and for which she was awarded her CBE in 2023.
Claire has been Liverpool’s lead on the Government Events Research Programme and has recently been appointed Deputy Chair for UK City of Culture Competition 2025

RIBA North is a fully accessible venue