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Claire Benson

Cumbria is 'a great place to come back to', says well-travelled Claire

Published on: Monday 30th July 2018
Categorised under: Live, Work, Learn, Play , Inspira

From New Zealand to Cumbria

Claire Benson, 44, is communication and marketing manager at Inspira.

Born in Helmchase Hospital, Kendal, Claire has travelled the world before returning to Cumbria in 2009. She now lives in Arnside.

After attending Old Hutton Primary School and Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale, Claire graduated from Dundee University with a degree in European and American history and had a sandwich year in Canada under her belt.

The following year she set off backpacking in Australia before settling near family in New Zealand for 10 years.

Working in PR and marketing for The Body Shop, DB Breweries and Hawke's Bay Tourism, Claire carved a successful career while exploring everything New Zealand had to offer, before moving on to Singapore with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise for two-and-a-half years.

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She says: “At the weekends, I like to travel, go mountain biking, kayaking, and indulge in my hobby, photography.

“I’ve been doing photography for around three years. I did University of the Arts London courses in my spare time through Kendal College.

“After travelling and working around the world – Cumbria is a great place to come back to – particularly when the sun is shining!”

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