The latest edition in our series of 60 Second Interviews is with Clare Reichenbach, our new Non-Executive Advisor who has joined the business with the specific aim of supporting the strategic development and growth of our North American business.
Home: New York
First job: Serving tea at local boys’ school!
Favourite book: Too many to single out one, but I’m moving more to non-fiction now.
Last holiday: Caribbean Cruise
Motto: Be the state you want to create
First Ambition: TV news anchor
I’m lucky enough to work at the historic James Beard House in the West Village in New York, so one of the first things I do is see who’s cooking in House that day and meet the chef and their team. My days are richly varied, but principally I spend my time working with my excellent team to determine how we can grow the Foundation and drive more positive change in the world through food.
First and foremost I am a mother to a toddler, so spending time with my young daughter is paramount.
Beyond the very glorious eating and drinking I do for my job and for pleasure, I love getting lost in a good book, going for a bike-ride or absorbing the cultural delights that Manhattan has to offer.
How did you come to work at The Barton Partnership?
I have known the Founder – Nick Barton – for many years, on both sides of the Pond, and on both sides of the table. So, it’s a great opportunity to be joining the Board to support growth of the North American operation.
What have been the key differences for you professional and personally between working/ living in New York vs London?
I love both cities and in many ways they are similar in terms of cultural richness, thought leadership and dynamism. I find the pace and verve of NYC very energizing, and scale of opportunity here is so exciting. Thankfully, my British friends and family are in NYC a lot, so I don’t yearn for home too often.
How have you found the transition from EVP of Strategy to CEO?
As EVP of Strategy my jurisdiction was cross-divisional, and company-wide. My role was to partner with the President to shape the vision, and develop and implement the strategic priorities for the whole operation. So, the Strategy role was an excellent training ground for a CEO position.
Who inspires you? Why?
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A pioneering trailblazer for women, and for a more just and equitable society. Her tenacity, smarts, courage and commitment to doing what is right make her truly inspiring. And she’s still going strong at 85.
Tell us about the James Beard Foundation?
It’s the preeminent American non-profit in the food world. Best known for the James Beard Awards which celebrate excellence in the food industry, but fundamentally everything we do is in support of a more equitable and sustainable food system. We’re about ‘Good Food For Good’. For example: we have a series of initiatives supporting women’s leadership in the culinary industry; we run programs dedicated to sustainability and food waste reduction; we award scholarships to enable the next generation of talent; and we support and enable chef advocates to be powerful change agents.