Claire Hickson is managing director of Trio Policy Ltd and has over 15 years’ experience of working in policy, advocacy and communications for the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Having begun her career in corporate public affairs, she spent several years working on international development and foreign policy for the UK government and voluntary sector. She was an adviser to the UK Department for International Development from 2000 to 2004. She was then seconded to Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa to lead its work on peace and security and subsequently its US communications in the run up to the G8 Summit in July 2005. She then headed up advocacy and communications for international non-governmental organisation, Saferworld, managing teams in London, Brussels and New York.
Claire returned to consultancy in 2008, initially with Bellenden Public Affairs, where she worked on a range of policy issues for Save the Children, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Consortium, Tribal Education and Swan Housing. She became an independent consultant in 2010 and set up Trio in 2011.
Clients have included: Amnesty International UK, the Department for International Development, Save the Children, the Small Foundation and Self Help Africa.
Claire was a councillor in Southwark from May 2010 to May 2014. She was Cabinet Member for Communities and Economic Development from May 2012 – May 2013. She is a trustee for Pancreatic Cancer UK and on the board of the Leathermarket Community Benefit Society.