Expert in the art of the possible.

Claire Smith

During an extraordinarily unconventional career in diplomacy, intelligence and security and business, Claire Smith worked in China, Pakistan, Germany and Switzerland for the UK government, Cabinet office, the German Foreign Ministry and a Major Swiss bank. She has brought rigour and objectivity to the international affairs assessments analysis of the Cabinet Office; advised prime ministers; introduced new systems to the German Foreign Ministry; negotiated successfully with the Taliban; produced novel problem-solving solutions for a major Swiss banks; and featured on a North Korean postage stamp.

An experienced trustee, non-executive director and adviser in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, her recent international activities include training, briefing and advisory roles in the Middle East, West Africa and China.

A trusted mentor and adviser, she deploys excellent foreign language ability, including Chinese, German, French and Spanish.

Claire Smith

Recent Events from CH Smith Consulting

Crossrail Archaeology Programme: Going beyond conventional stakeholder management, Association of Project Managers, Reading University and the Chartered Institute of Building , November 2018

A Mentoring Approach, Workshop for Facilities Management at  NHS Buckinghamshire Trust, June 2018

Critical Friend to postgraduates Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, Brunel University London, April 2018

The Life International: Working in diplomacy and intelligence, engineering or eduction, April 2018

Identifying Emergent Threats, Loughborough London, February 2018

Ideal States and Pragmatic Alternatives, Loughborough University Here East, 16 October 2017

But what do you want it for? Secret intelligence and the foreign policy practitioner, Oriel College Oxford, 22 September

Conventional and unconventional responses to security challenges, Loughborough University Here East, 22 March 2017

Identifying and managing emergent threats, Loughborough University, Here East, 1 March 2017

Said Business School forum, London, 2 March 2017

Innovation and Excellence: the Future of Cybersecurity, University of Stirling 50th anniversary inaugural event, 26 January 2017,

Resilience: Dealing with Adversity at Work, Better Bankside, May 2015

Beyond the Day Job: Women in Sustainable Construction and Property, May 2015


Eton College, June 2015


Life After Law – Career choices for law postgraduates, Brunel University London, March 2015

How I negotiated with the Taliban – Yorkshire Post November 2014

Women In Building Services and Engineering I Dare to Dream, March 2013

Women in Facilities Management Annual Conference, London November 2013

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