A director of Wilmslow-based Cirrus has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for services to economic regeneration in Macclesfield.
Clare Hayward's MBE recognises her extensive community work. She is a member of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board and chairs the Employer Skills and Education Board.
Additionally as a vice president of East Cheshire Hospice, Clare helped to introduce the innovative Hospice @Homeservice. She is also a supporter of Rising Stars, which helps young girls to achieve their full potential in the workplace.
Clare is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire and serves on the board of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
She said "Receiving an MBE is a huge honour. I have been privileged to work with a wide range of wonderful people both in business and in the community, and have always been hugely enthusiastic about building regional and international growth through creating connections and encouraging collaboration. I believe that developing people's skills and capabilities is critical to our long-term success and wellbeing, and am delighted to be involved in projects that are focused on doing exactly that. I've been a part of many wonderful initiatives which have had a lasting impact on other people's lives. This award also recognises many of the people and teams I've been proud to partner with."
Claire's previous roles include sitting on Manchester Metropolitan University's MBA advisory board, serving as an independent board member of the Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, and as a chair of school governors. Clare also founded and chaired Make It Macclesfield, a community interest company focused on the town's economic prosperity.