Claire Gardner

Director of Operations

  • Claire Gardner

    Credit: Royal Institution


The Director of Operations is responsible for the management of the Royal Institution’s headquarters on Albemarle St and the commercial income it generates. The proceeds from the venue hire and office rental businesses make a vital contribution to the charitable mission of the Ri.

Claire studied History of Art at University College London and quickly realised that a career in the fine art world was something of a pipe dream. She joined Whitbread PLC in 1996 and worked for their Hogshead pub chain for the next 7 years managing branches in and around London. Looking for a career change in 2002 Claire went through an ‘experimental’ phase and spent a year working in various industries including PR, sales and design. She joined the Ri team in 2003 and has been looking after the commercial operations for the last 4 years. During this time the business has grown considerably and now makes a significant contribution to the charity.

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