Clare Sutcliffe

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Clare Sutcliffe
Alma materBath Spa University
EmployerRaspberry Pi
Code Club
AwardsMBE 2016

Clare Sutcliffe MBE is a user experience designer and the co-founder of Code Club. She was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Sutcliffe studied graphic design at Bath Spa University.[1][2]


After graduating, Sutcliffe worked in web design. She joined Pixelgroup in 2010, where she started BrainyHacks, a non technical hacking event.[3][4] In 2012 she joined marketing agency Albion and designed the messaging application for Telefónica.[5] She spoke about Hacking the Future at TEDx Brighton.[6][7]

Sutcliffe co-founded Code Club with Linda Sandvik in 2012.[8][9] She served as Chief Executive Officer, responsible for 4,000 after school coding clubs for children aged 9 to 13 years old.[10] Code Club creates educational material for volunteers who teach children for an hour after school.[1] Half of the volunteers are from private sector companies.[11] The children learn how to program, build computer games and make websites.[1] They program in Scratch, then HTML, CSS and Python.[12][13] Sutcliffe got funding from ARM and Google.[14] Code Club went global in 2014.[15] She has provided evidence for the government on the UK's fragmented digital skills training.[16] In 2015 Sutcliffe launched CodeClubPro to better support computer science teachers.[17] She led the merger with Raspberry Pi foundation in 2015 and was appointed executive director of communities and outreach.[18][19][20][21] In 2016 she was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours.[22] She was named one of Computer Weekly's Most Influential Women in IT.[14] She left Raspberry Pi in March 2018.[23]


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  4. ^ "Brainyhacks 2 - full of Spark+Mettle - Pixelgroup Pixelgroup". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
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  10. ^ "Home". CLARE SUTCLIFFE. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  11. ^ "Future Proofing Today's Students Against Tomorrow's Digital Skills Gap". HuffPost UK. 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
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  13. ^ "An interview with Clare Sutcliffe, Co-founder of Code Club | CAUSE4". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  14. ^ a b "15. Clare Sutcliffe, co-founder, Code Club; executive director, communities & outreach, Raspberry Pi - The 50 most influential women in UK IT 2016". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  15. ^ "Clare Sutcliffe on helping kids learn to code". Creative Bloq. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  16. ^ "Lords Committee asks how to join up 'fragmented' digital skills teaching". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  17. ^ "Q&A with Clare Sutcliffe, Co-Founder & CEO of Code Club - Viewpoint - careers advice blogViewpoint – careers advice blog". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  18. ^ "Raspberry Pi Foundation And U.K.'s Code Club Merge For Global Push To Get Kids Coding". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  19. ^ "Innovate My School - Clare Sutcliffe". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  20. ^ "13. Clare Sutcliffe, executive director, communities and outreach, Raspberry Pi Foundation - The 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2017". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  21. ^ "Putting a Code Club in every community - Raspberry Pi". Raspberry Pi. 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  22. ^ "Clare Sutcliffe named in New Year's Honours List". The Code Club Blog. 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  23. ^ "Code Club co-founder announces departure from Raspberry Pi". PC Retail. Retrieved 2018-08-03.