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Claire Mellier

About

I am a facilitator, researcher and project manager working to bring about change for sustainable development.

Prior to becoming freelance consultant in 2013, I worked for 10 years for The Environment Council, a stakeholder and community engagement charity in London. I held different roles within the organisation and my responsibilities included: engagement process design, facilitation, training delivery, project management and research.

I came to the UK in 2004 after working in France for an environmental NGO as a campaigner and for a waste company in Business Development.

In 1996, I graduated from Sciences Po Bordeaux, where I studied politics, law and economics. I pursued my studies with a Master’s degree in Environmental Communication in 2000 in Paris.

 

Despite my qualifications, it was hard to get a fulfilling job in France, especially in the field I was interested in: stakeholder and community engagement in sustainability. Participative approaches in environmental decision making were not very popular in France in the early 2000’s, and I felt the UK was ahead of the game on these issues.

Leaving France and coming to London was one of the best decisions of my life, not only on a professional level, but on a personal level too.

There is a deep sense of possibility in the UK that I find extremely enlivening and fulfilling.

This very open, supportive and nurturing environment also contributed to my yogic path. I started practising Yoga in 2005, and I became a Yoga teacher in 2011. 


 

My experience 

Things I am good at (if I do say so myself!):

  • Designing and facilitating insightful, inspiring and fun workshops that meet objectives
  • Undertaking research by adopting robust methodology and demonstrating impact
  • Managing complex multi-stakeholders projects on tight budgets and deadlines 
  • Using my bilingual skills in French and English to engage stakeholders in European projects

What interests and inspires me

Sustainability and systems change

Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga

Child development and motherhood: its challenges and how to navigate being a mum of two lively boys!

Healthy cooking: from veganism to traditional French cuisine…

For more details about my experience, you can download my CV here or join me on linked-in. 

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