Woman of Achievement

We’re thrilled to announce that our founder, Clare McGregor, attended the 2016 Women of the Year lunch as a ‘2016 Woman of Achievement’ yesterday to celebrate extraordinary and inspirational women alongside Sandi Toksvig, President of Women of the Year, and the Prime Minister. Sandi said “I would love to show the room to every schoolgirl growing up in Britain today and tell them ‘you can be whatever you want to be: just look at these incredible women.’”


Clare attended on behalf of all the dedicated and daring female coaches and clients she’s worked with over the past 6 years as well as the many other great women in criminal justice and other organisations who’ve helped CIAO to reach our clients inside and out.

Clare was joined at the lunch by former client Natalie, who was coached whilst studying at the London School of Economics following her release from HMP Styal. Natalie now works as a Youth Offending Service Case Officer and is herself an amazing example of  what can be achieved by women who have experienced imprisonment.

CIAO client Natalie at Women of the Year Lunch 2016

Natalie realises she’s sitting a few feet from PM Theresa May

Clare and ex-CIAO client Natalie selfie at Women of the Year Lunch 2016

Clare and Natalie can’t resist a smiley selfie

Under Clare’s leadership, CIAO has coached over 650 people in or affected by the criminal justice system, and continues to go from strength to strength.

The Women of the Year Foundation has also donated £5,000 to enable CIAO to offer life coaching to even more clients. This donation is hugely appreciated and will enable us to continue to help people unlock their potential for greatness and to go on to help others.

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