Claire is originally from Newcastle but has lived in London for many years. In 2020, she gave up her role as Head of Maths in a large London prep school to tutor online - Maths and bridge. Claire learnt to play bridge originally over a lunch table in her previous career at the Bank of England but did not really take up the game until years later. She began actively playing in 2012 by first going along to duplicates at the Andrew Robson Bridge Club and avidly reading every bridge book she could find. Claire was soon addicted, playing bridge in every spare moment. She has even recently persuaded her mum to have a go and learn the game. She is now an avid BBO watcher when Claire is playing.
Claire formed a partnership with Heather Bakhshi in 2014 and developed under the watchful eye of Heather’s husband and long-time England international, David. The pair qualified for their first Lady Milne in 2017 and then played again in two of the next three years.
When not playing bridge Claire plays poker (Las Vegas is her favourite place in the world) and loves to swim fast and play tennis. She has recently got into board gaming her favourite games being Quacks of Quedlinberg and Castles of Burgundy. Her favourite food is ramen!
Claire is a member of the EBU's Selection Committee and the Squad Leader for the Under 26 Women.
Last updated: December 2023
Lady Milne selections: 2017 2018 and 2020 (EBU Team)
Spring Bank Holiday Congress winner 2015
Scarborough Summer Congress winner 2018
Online Knockout teams winner 2019
Summer Meeting Pairs, Harold Poster Cup Winner: 2021
Garden Cities Trophy winner: 2023
NICKO winner: 2023