Clare graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2007 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art Valuation, having twice been the recipient of the Christopher Weston bursary award. She joined Woolley and Wallis on graduation, working alongside John Axford. In 2008 Clare won the first ever Society of Fine Arts Auctioneers essay prize, and in 2010 was appointed an auctioneer for the company. She took over the running of the English and European Ceramics and Glass Department in April 2011 and since then has worked on building the number and quality of sales. She was appointed an Associate Director for the company in January 2013.