Claire Selby


Claire Selby


I have over 20 years of experience in dedicated commercial partnership roles in a variety of sectors from technology to creative to education.

My career has taken me from to a small London print shop to the world's largest image supplier Getty Images via D&AD and Open Data Institute, to game-changing work within universities. Connecting industry and client needs to in-house capabilities is where I thrive – pulling together diverse teams to deliver on a brief.

I love working with young people, helping to spot opportunities both for paid work experience and ultimately employment.

At Kingston I set up Studio KT1, a new business model connecting students with commercial work and opportunities from clients as diverse as Mozilla, BBC, Veolia, Unilever and Kingston First. I also established a healthy internal market for design services under a commercial model for the first time.

In March 2021 I led a successful bid jointly with the Student Union for Mayor of London : Make London funding. The crowdfunder topped £70,000 and the creative meanwhile "Not My Beautiful House" launched in May 2021, a six week turnaround from vacant PC World to fully functioning gallery and shop - showcasing work from students, graduates and locals. 

The visitor numbers have exceeded 7,000 people in the first three months, with an average spend of £24 per visit. The project has been featured on BBC Radio London, as well as many podcasts, news articles and interviews. 

Academic responsibilities

Innovation Partnerships Manager


  • BA English and Literary Studies, Middlesex University

Business, knowledge transfer and international

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