Claire Smith

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 and the German Foreign Ministry.

Claire 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 bank; 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.

Drawing on this extraordinary professional life, Claire is an experienced and engaging keynote speaker. Expert in managing the complexities of global business practices and the art of negotiation, Claire set up CH Smith Consulting Ltd in 2013. A trusted mentor and adviser, she deploys excellent foreign language ability, including German, French and Mandarin.

Recent Speaking Events

Intelligence, Accountability and Ethics, University of Portsmouth, November 2019

Communication and Negotiation, Buckinghamshire NHS Trust, November 2019

Communication and Negotiation for Project Managers, University of Reading Master’s Programme, October 2019

Extreme Negotiation, Association of Project Managers (APM), Leeds Beckett University, May 2019

The Clothes in the Wardrobe

The Clothes in the Wardrobe

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Haggling: Is It Worth It?

Haggling: Is It Worth It?

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