Courtney Smith

Practice Director

Dip. Event Management, Dip. Business Management


CHC’s legacy and vision mean a lot to me. There’s so much to come, and I want to be a part of enabling and driving that. You can have the most amazing ideas and inspiring foresight, but you need people around you to help make it happen.”

Courtney is the strategic, energetic, proactive conductor of the complex orchestra that is ClarkeHopkinsClarke. As Practice Director she’s responsible for our strategy planning, structure, leadership, culture, financial performance and business development. She oversees the day-to-day running of the company, embeds our values and vision in everything we do, and keeps us moving towards our immediate and long-term goals. 

Empathetic and always one step ahead, Courtney is a keen listener, shrewd negotiator, and trusted advisor to our Partners. She skilfully interprets the needs and aspirations of our leadership team and ensures we have the people, processes and plans in place to achieve them.

Before joining us in 2011 Courtney had a background in events management, which has proved remarkably handy. She’s a calm, tenacious lateral thinker who makes things happen. Early encouragement from Founding Partner Les Clarke helped her find her niche in strategic, forward-focussed roles. She’s passionate about our practice and legacy, understands our diverse personalities, and thrives on the challenge of turning objectives into reality.

Volunteer work with Partner Dean Landy’s One Heart Foundation has changed her thinking profoundly. Courtney organises fundraising events like the annual Run From Poverty experience in Kenya and bi-annual Gala Ball. Seeing the impact of One Heart’s hard work and vision has convinced her of the wisdom of connecting with your passions and having a crack.