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Rear Admiral Roy Clare CBE DL

Rear Admiral Roy Clare ​has almost three decades’ experience as a professional museum director and as a non-executive in social businesses. His roles have included Director National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House & Royal Observatory, Greenwich (2000-2007), Chief Executive Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (2007-2011) and Director Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand (2011-2017). 

Previously in the Royal Navy, Roy served worldwide from junior seaman to rear admiral. His commands included destroyers, the aircraft carrier Invincible and Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He retired voluntarily to develop opportunities in museums.

Roy currently chairs Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust and he is also a trustee of Good Things Foundation, Britain’s leading charity for digital inclusion.
An active yachtsman, Roy has raced in the Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart races. Nowadays he sails purely for pleasure, mainly in British waters.

Roy and his wife Sarah live in coastal Essex. They have three adult children and two granddaughters.  In 2007 Roy was made CBE 'for services to museums'. 

In 2018 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Essex.

Rear Admiral Roy Clare CBE DL is on the following tours: