Charles Crawford CMG is the former British Ambassador to Poland (2003-2007); Serbia and Montenegro (2001-2003); and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996-1998). A barrister and mediator, he draws on 28 years’ experience in the UK diplomatic service, much of it in former communist central and eastern Europe.
In his diplomatic career he served as Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) speechwriter to Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe. He has contributed to speeches by members of the Royal Family, government ministers and many others in public and commercial life.
He played a significant role in post-conflict reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the war crimes problem; in coordinating international support for democratic change in Serbia, Kosovo and Croatia; and in helping negotiate the 2005 EU Budget deal and 2007 EU Lisbon Treaty.
Since leaving the FCO in 2007, Charles has worked as a communication consultant, delivering acclaimed masterclasses for private and public sector clients, including the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and many governments.
He is a frequent commentator on international issues appearing on BBC, Sky, ITV and CNN; he has written for the Independent, Guardian, Daily Mail, Sun, National Review Online, Radio Free Europe, Voice of Russia and DIPLOMAT. He is on the Daily Telegraph comment team.
His book on leadership communication Speeches for Leaders was published in 2016. In 2016 he won a Cicero Award for a speech delivered by Sir John Sawers, former Chief of MI6.
He speaks (varying levels) Serbian/Bosnian, Polish, French, Russian and Afrikaans. He is married with three children and lives near Oxford in England.
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