Q&A with Clare Radford
1. What motivates you?
A piece of work where I can clearly see a worthy outcome or change as a result of the work we’re doing. E.g. working with a pharmaceutical company to help them innovate and save more children’s lives – SO motivating!!
2. How do you handle pressure?
Talking to as many friends and colleagues as possible to get their perspectives, wisdom and support and by thinking back to other times I’ve thrived in pressurized situations
3. What will change most about the world of work in the next few years?
(Hopefully) TRUE equality for all people, a world where people are not afraid to talk about their honest experiences of the world, and to challenge inappropriate behaviours more openly without fear of being ignored, or worse, attacked for voicing their experience.
4. What’s your defining career moment so far?
I’m not sure I could pinpoint 1 moment, all my experiences so far have shaped my career and I’ve been very lucky to work with some amazing clients and travel the world
5. What book, film or tv show has really changed the way you thought about something?
When I was about 10 years old my cousin gave me a copy of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, I think it really awoke a desire for adventure in me (that I still have to this day) and that even the smallest person or voice can make a difference.
6.What’s your favourite sport to business lesson or story?
For me it’s the classic, Roger Bannister and the 4 minute mile. So often we let others tell us what is and isn’t possible, but if we demonstrate belief and determination we can do anything.
7. What makes you proud?
Seeing my friends and family achieve great things both inside of work and out.
8. What makes you angry?
Inequality and unfair treatment of people based on factors outside of their control
9. Which leader do you most admire most and why?
I don’t really have one favourite but Arianna Huffington stands out to me, she’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and is a fantastically successful female role model in a particularly male-dominated sector.
10.What are your best and worst characteristics?
I think my friends would say my best characteristic is that I genuinely care for others and go out of my way to help. My husband would say my worst characteristic is impatience!
11. What would you like to learn and why?
To speak Mandarin fluently! I had lessons when I lived there but was terrible at it and have forgotten it all now!
12. If you could choose anybody, who would you be for a day?
Donald Trump. I would try and undo all of the bad decisions he’s made and create legislation around environmental conservation (a lot to do in one day!)
13. Who would you like to invite for a dinner party, living or dead
14. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Put your car into 2nd gear when trying to pull your car away in snow
15. What would your motto be (if you haven’t already got one)?
Treat others fairly and stand up for those who have less than you
15. What personal value would you never compromise?