After many years in high-level diplomacy Charles has a unique profile as an imaginative and dynamic speaker/writer. After a Law degree in Jurisprudence from Oxford University he qualified as a Barrister before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 1985-87 Charles Crawford served as Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe’s official Speechwriter, contributing ideas/language for numerous speeches by the Foreign Secretary (major set-piece speeches, Parliamentary debates and more informal after-dinner remarks).
He subsequently contributed to speeches by members of the Royal Family, successive Prime Ministers as well as different Ministers and others in public and commercial life. In 1987 he wrote the FCO’s first Guide to Speech-Writing, a dynamic text full of rich real-life examples on how to write speeches — and how to weed out lugubrious mistakes of style and substance. Two decades after its first version it remains the FCO’s main in-house speech-drafting training tool. Charles Crawford’s energetic diplomatic work was praised at the highest levels in London, NATO and EU for being uncompromising, direct and operationally creative. His career featured many episodes of drama and interest:
After leaving the FCO at the end of 2007 Charles Crawford set up his own website (voted a Top 20 Libertarian website in 2008 and 2009) where his trenchant observations on public policy questions are available to a growing readership. He has taken part in training courses for senior EU officials and national diplomats aimed at improving their communication skills. Charles is now on the UK Conservative Party Candidates List. Charles is himself an accomplished speaker who has addressed audiences large and small for many years. In 2009 his audiences included the Headmasters Conference and Conservative Friends of Poland as well as private groups and academic gatherings. He draws on vivid episodes from his diplomatic career to explain wider policy and moral themes and trends. His speeches and presentations are unconventional and intellectually challenging, but above all interesting and memorable
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Andrew Grant, Chairman of Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference