Elaine Clowes returns to the CE Board as a co-opted trustee following two years as Joint Vice Chair.  Elaine is now Director of Elaine Clowes Consulting Ltd. where she manages a portfolio of non-executive and executive roles that include Director of Marketing at ella forums CIC, ella forums Board member, and Chair of First for Wellbeing CIC. She spent 20 years as the Founder and Chief Executive of the Children's Links Group, a national charity and social enterprise group, with the mission of improving the lives of children, young people and their families.  Elaine also spent two years as an executive director of a black and minority ethnic housing association group.

With expertise in start-ups, growth, leadership and governance, Elaine is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.  Her history includes the private, public, and voluntary sectors in learning, education, housing, community development, children’s services, well being and youth work. With substantial experience of working in and alongside the public sector in national and local government.

Elaine was: Chairman of SkillsActive UK, a group of companies including one of the 21 UK Sector Skills Councils, for six years; a Director of Children England for six years and Vice Chair for two; the Children’s Workforce Development Council for two years; The Daycare Trust for six years; The National Early Years Network for two years and the Lincolnshire Community Foundation for six years where she was first a founder Trustee and then Chair for three years.

She brings a business focus to governance and leadership in charities, social enterprises and the public sector while supporting the development and impact of the Chartered Director standard.

Elaine is a business leadership coach and a chairman for Ella Forums.