Clive Barnett was one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools from 2002 to 2009. Before that, he taught for 31 years in four independent and maintained grammar schools, before becoming headmaster of Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury, in 1992 and holding the post for 10 years.  

Whilst at Bishop's, Clive helped to set up and was one of the founding trustees of a development charity working to promote economic self-sufficiency through education and business enterprise in Tanzania. 

Clive was invited to become a Patron of EdUKaid in 2006. Clive was a lay canon of Salisbury Cathedral from 2007 to 2017 and is now a Canon Emeritus. He is also governor of an independent grammar school in Guildford and was a governor of Salisbury Cathedral School from 2012 to 2017. 

Since retiring as an HMI, Clive has worked as an educational consultant specialising in supporting initial teacher training and teacher's continuing professional development.