Claire thought a dream job working in gaming was an impossible pipe dream until she found out that there was a Playstation building in her hometown of Liverpool, which seemed serendipitous to Claire who had grown up playing their games.
After a couple of years in QA, Claire became an assistant producer on Murasaki Baby, alongside the Italian studio (Ovosonico) and then went on to develop That’s You!, a multi-player quiz game involving a phone as a controller, these games required a new way of developing and testing, so it fell to Claire to project manage development and problem solve new testing requirements of the game as well as the mobile apps. A personal achievement that Claire reflects on is how she got Frantics made, where she took a chance on a small, Danish studio (NapNok Studios) and worked with them from conception to its release. Frantics and the her following game Chimparty both went on to receive Children’s BAFTA Best Game nominations. Her latest and biggest project to date has been Sackboy: A Big Adventure from The LittleBigPlanet franchise, the very studio which made her want to become a producer in the first place and is also one of the games chosen to launch the new PS5 console.
Claire is inspired by seeing women in prominent roles in the gaming industry and as one of the only female producer ever to work at XDev Studios, hopes to be able to use BAFTA Breakthrough as a way of accessing and speaking to women at the top of their game.