Claire Sarah Beverley CHRISTIAN BA (Hons) MHK
Constituency: Douglas South
Address: Thie Eoin, 13 Harcroft Road, Douglas IM2 1PN
Address as: Mrs Christian
Full title: Claire Sarah Beverley Christian BA(Hons) MHK
Political Surgeries: TBA
Born: Isle of Man
Family: I am Manx born and educated and currently live in Douglas South. My parents, two brothers and their wives, along with a niece live on the Island also. I am god mother to Harry and Ben and have three dogs and three cats which keep me very active.
Education: 1/3 Masters in Education; qualified secondary school teacher in design and technology 2010-2011; BA Hons in Fashion Design and Marketing 1994-1998; Distinction in Art and Design Foundation Course 1993-1994; Ballakermeen High School 1990-1994; The Buchan School 1978-1990.
Career: I completed my A-Levels at Ballakermeen High School in 1992 and went on to the IOM College where I completed the one-year Art Foundation course. I then attended the University of East London, reading Fashion Design and Marketing and graduated with BA (Hons) upper second Class degree (2:1) in 1998. Through my time in university I supported myself, and had many jobs, which as you would expect, even in the early 90s living in London as a student, was a struggle to make ends meet. I did an internship in my third year of university and then worked at the global fashion brand Burberry for 10 years. In this time I managed international supply chains, a large team, managed and scrutinised very large budgets, considered infrastructure strategy and capital investment, dealt with international stakeholders, worked globally at an operational and strategic level, notably in New York and Italy for the Brand. I was part of the management team when the company went through its IPO and ended my time at Burberry as Product Development Manager. I
then moved to a company called Hardy Amies, dressmaker to the Queen, as Head of Womenswear, and finished my time in London working for Melissa Odabash, another luxury brand based in Mayfair, as COO/Head designer. In 2010 I decided to change career, having reached the top in the fashion industry, and made the decision to re-train as a teacher. I moved to Northumberland and I worked in the largest school in Newcastle, with over 2,600 students with very mixed social backgrounds, where I qualified as a teacher in Design and Technology through a GTP programme and spent one year as an NQT. Despite 14 years in fashion at a very high level, I have to say the two years I spent teaching were the most enjoyable of my life. I relocated back to the island in 2012; as such, I decided to start my own business, Claire Christian Couture, which started off as a home-based bespoke service, developing into a ready-to-wear and bespoke brand and finally moving into retail. I now have a very successful boutique store in Victoria Street, which is managed by a small team of very dedicated staff for me.
CEO and Creative Director: Claire Christian Couture April 2013-current; Kenton School (secondary comprehensive) Sept 2010-July 2012; Chief Operating Officer/Head of Womenswear, Melissa Odabash July 2008-July 2010; Head of Womenswear, Hardy Amies plc Feb 2008-May 2008; Product Development Manager, Burberry Ltd Dec 2008-Mar 2009; Head of Special Projects, Burberry Ltd Sept 1998-Dec 1999; Assistant Designer Jan 1997-Oct 1997.
Member of the House of Keys 2020-date.
Member of the Department of Education, Sport and Culture 2020-date.
Member of the Standing Orders Committee of the House of Keys 2021-date.
Member of the Standing Orders Committee of Tynwald 2021-date.
Chair of the Economic Policy Review Committee 2021-date.
Member of the Public Accounts Committee 2021-date.
Departmental Membership: Member of the Department of Infrastructure 2020-2021. Member of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture 2021-2022. Chair of the Planning Committee 2021-2022.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Study visit: Westminster 2022
Election Observation Mission: Jersey 2022
Elected as Member of the House of Keys for Douglas South in a by-election August 2020; re-elected in 2021.