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Claire Aston

Strategic Communications Consultant

A strategic communications professional with over 20 years' experience in the NGO sector and beyond, I can help organisations achieve their objectives through clear, targeted, communication.

A change communications expert, I have global experience of virtual working and managing, and ensuring stakeholders are engaged well.

I'll listen to your needs, and create a plan to tell the right story, to the right audience, using the right channels, at the right time.

Clear, calm and collaborative, I can hold the big strategic picture, whilst honing in on the detail. With experience in delivering media and PR across advocacy, fundraising and supporter engagement projects, I can provide a plan that will enable you to deliver your objectives.

A trained print journalist, I can also find the story in any project and deliver that to your target audience with clear and engaging copy.

 
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About Me

Strategic Communications Professional

An experienced senior communications professional, I've run teams and projects globally, most recently as Head of Strategic Communications at Christian Aid (pictured).

Overseeing voice and brand across the charity's global audiences, I also led the external stakeholders global communications plan during a major strategic review and change process.

In the UK, I've run communications, media & PR teams in England and Scotland, delivering comprehensive & high quality coverage for organisations and coalitions such as Stop Climate Chaos & the DEC.

A trained print journalist, who cut my teeth on The Church of England Newspaper, I've reported from Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Known for my calm and collaborative leadership style, I nurture new talent and can build a sense of team, even virtually.


I have a BSc in Psychology from Southampton University, and a PostGraduate Certificate in Charity Marketing and Fundraising from London South Bank University.

With a lifelong interest in education, I'm a governor of my local Church of England Primary school, focusing on vision and values, personnel and leadership development.

 

Testimonials

What my recent clients and colleagues say about working with me...

‘Claire stepped in to take on a significant urgent project for us, and she delivered with consummate professionalism. She pulled together the various stories and overarching narrative exactly to brief, and all via virtual communication across continents and timezones. The final piece was exactly what we needed!’

Sarah Starrenburg,
Director of Global Partnerships and Communication, United Bible Societies.

'Claire is professional, competent and a pleasure to work with. She has an easy grasp of the big picture, an eye for detail and a winning way with words.'

Rachel Clarke, Director,

Albright Special

'Claire uses her positive, calm manner to bring people across the globe along with her as she brings order, clarity and focus to our communications

'I also really enjoy how she gives me the right words for speeches and presentations!'

Mervyn McCullagh,
Director of Strategy & Change, Christian Aid

 

Contact Claire

Communications strategy thrown up in the air?
Overwhelmed by the sudden need to produce engaging copy?
Coronavirus has challenged us all.
Book a free 30 minute consultation to see how I can help.

+44 7961 303481

 
 

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