Entrepreneurial spirit underpins Claire McCafferty’s program management

13 November 2020

Program Manager Claire McCafferty joined the BDHP team in 2020. She currently oversees approximately 50 BDHP and Queensland Genomics projects. Claire completed an undergraduate degree in geography, then went straight to her first job as a deckhand on a prawn trawler in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Claire’s love for adventure and travel eventually landed her in Turkey. Her first career highlight was transforming a small family-run business in Turkey to a streamlined operation, and gaining its entry into the Lonely Planet travel guide. The business remains successful to this day. In 2007, Claire began her professional career working at the University of Queensland’s Faculty of Science and the then Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. In 2009, she relocated to London to manage an international research institute - the British Institute at Ankara where she worked for eight years. As well as managing the day-to-day operations of the institute, she was the liaison between the London head office and the research centre in Ankara. Another career highlight for Claire was transforming this archaic institute (mind the pun – their major research area was archaeology) into a modern business with modern management processes. Claire returned to Australia in 2017 and joined the Queensland Genomics Program. In 2020, she secured the BDHP Program Manager role. Claire is passionate about supporting the BDHP research community to make a difference for Queensland patients. “This role inspires me because of the variety of work that we are involved in. Our team and the business have such potential to make a difference. Being part of a team that supports the successful outcomes of health research not only in Queensland but on a national level is very exciting.”

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