Claire Tunley

Chief Executive, Financial Services Skills Commission

Claire Tunley is a visionary leader and catalyst for transformation in the financial services industry. As the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Skills Commission Ltd, leads and industry-led, independent body committed to shaping the future of finance in the UK.

Under Claire’s leadership since the inception of the Commission in 2020, the Commission has become a powerhouse of innovation and change. At its core, Claire has overseen the delivery of the recommendations from the HM Treasury Financial Services Skills Taskforce that reported in January 2020. Her focus on increasing talent supply is driving changes in how companies invest in people and construct a formidable skills pipeline that will shape the future of finance.

Claire is a trailblazer in producing impactful content and insights. Her work includes the creation of a groundbreaking sector-wide skills framework, illuminating research into the sector’s skills needs across the UK, a strategic workforce planning toolkit, an inclusion measurement guide and insights into the impact of the menopause on women’s participation in work.

Membership in the Commission has flourished under Claire’s leadership, growing to 40 members who collectively represent a third of the UK’s Financial Services workforce. Under her leadership, the Commission has created industry collaboration and a shared vision, turning the Commission into a powerhouse of collective action.

Before her current role, Claire was the Head of Skills Policy at the City of London Corporation. Here, she negotiated with government on an apprenticeship sector deal, championed gender equality in the workplace through innovative toolkits, and helped to bridge the opportunity gap for underprivileged students by facilitating professional financial services qualifications.

At Islington Council, she pioneered an employment support service that transformed the lives of over 350 unemployed individuals annually. In central government, her policy contributions drove improvements in education and employment support, particularly in socially excluded areas across the UK.

Claire is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and is a governor of a secondary

academy located in an area of deprivation. In March 2021, Claire was listed in the 2021 Power List: a roll call of 25 of the most successful senior-level executives in the UK, who achieve everything they do – whilst working part-time.