About SpeakTo

In every community and organisation there’s hidden potential and resource that is often left to languish within the confines of the silos and hierarchy we work within. A grassroots attitude is the belief in people to be far more with much less, when working towards a specific goal or challenge. SpeakTo unearths grassroots potential and identifies the best ways to mobilise this. Ours is an approach, not a ready-made template, and is rooted in our belief of the power of small actions to facilitate long term change. Big is not always better for change to be sustainable and productive.

Via inspirational talks, workshops and advisory sessions, SpeakTo work with communities, businesses and organisations to discover and engage grassroots potential. We also host a range of thought provoking short talks, ideas to encourage debate and learning.

SpeakTo is led by social innovator and leadership consultant Clare Richmond. After a successful career in marketing, Clare founded The Crouch End Project in 2007. This early experience of mobilising people around a connecting purpose and gaining ownership of it, was the inspiration for her work and recent MA in Creative Leadership.

Since then Clare and her team of consultants have been working on grassroots innovation projects, advising public and private sector organisations on strategic engagement and sustainable change.

SpeakTo were able to engage a wide ranging community in a highly effective way; their snapshot discovery report enabled us to understand the underlying issues…and identified the critical themes that define the optimum approach for transition.

SpeakTo Consultants

Clare Richmond

SpeakTo Founder

Clare has worked with private sector companies, government funded agencies, councils and community organisations, advising on developing grassroots regeneration and strategic engagement. Clare’s philosophy is based on her belief that meaningful change can only be delivered through ownership; with responsibility comes opportunity.

Her consultancy work focuses on strategic engagement and leadership within communities and both public and private sectors. In 2016, Clare completed an MA in Creative Leadership from Regent’s University, London.

Steve Boucher

Public Sector Expert

Steve is a natural leader with an agile mind. Alongside SpeakTo, he is an Executive Director of Programmes at Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust. Previously, he was Interim CEO at Grenfell Housing and Training, where he oversaw the merger of the organisation to form the third largest supported housing provider in London.

His extensive knowledge and experience of working in the public and charity sectors, representing some of the most vulnerable sectors of our communities, offers a unique insight and contribution to our work. Steve is our accredited GCologist, able to use The GC Index to develop, mentor and coach individuals and teams to identify and nurture key talent.