Chair of APM Women In Project Management
During an extraordinarily unconventional career in diplomacy, intelligence and security and business, Claire 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.
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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