We're getting better at evaluating our work in communications - but do we have the time, space and skills to include personal reflection in that evaluation? Clare gives us some tips and tools to help us develop our reflective practice.
Head of Communications for Forest Research (part of the Forestry Commission)
Date: 06th September 2019
Clare joined the Civil Service in 2000 after 11 years in local radio. She worked in the Ministry of Defence in a number of communications roles and developed training courses in communications for the Armed Forces.
Her work has taken her across Whitehall and the globe, working with governments in the US, Australia, Canada, across Europe and the Middle East. She also established the first insight and evaluation team in the MOD and I was part of the very first GCS Senior Talent cohort.
She became Head of Communications for Forest Research (part of the Forestry Commission) in 2017, looking after a full range of communication and engagement activities for the GB-wide agency.
She’s a CIPR Founding Chartered Practitioner, a member of the CIPR Council this year, and one of the CIPR’s 70 at 70. She volunteers her skills to help the Civil Service Lifeboat Fund with their website and social media, often fundraises for the RNLI, and regularly helps out at her local Brownies unit.
She’s currently researching a PhD looking at the evaluation of government communications, including the use of reflective practice. Her interactive session on reflection will give some background on what it is and offer up some tips and methods on how reflection can work for you both in the workplace and as an aid to your wellbeing.@wavingcloud