In profile with Clare Charlton of Mabanaft

Welcome to April’s edition of our special monthly feature which gives you the opportunity to ‘meet’ an industry figure and, hopefully, to discover another side to them beyond the well-known facts.

A driven individual with a big challenge in sight

This month we chat with Clare Charlton, head of sales and marketing at Mabanaft.

“Always strive to do your best.” Clare Charlton

Please give your career history in 25 words or fewer

24 years working in the industry, always working in front office/sales roles apart from my short stint in logistics around the early 2000s.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Driven. Practical. Sociable.

What were your childhood / early ambitions?

To be a sports journalist.

Describe your dream job (if you weren’t doing this?)

PE teacher.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Never give up and enjoy a drink after work.
Share your top tips for business success
Always strive to do your best, don’t give up if you don’t succeed, and network.

What’s your most recent business achievement of note?

Winning a piece of business.

Tell us your greatest fear

Being stuck in a lift – and it happened recently!

Which is most important – ambition or talent?


What’s the best thing about your job?

No day is ever the same.

Which is the quality that you most admire?


What are you most likely to say?

The hotspot on my mobile/laptop doesn’t work.

What are you least likely to say?

Everything is running smoothly, NOT.

Describe your perfect day

Summer holiday, sitting by the sea having a cool drink.

Do you have a favourite sports team?

The Eagles – Crystal Palace.

What’s the biggest challenge of our time?

Climate Change and our children growing up.

Cheese or chocolate?


Share your greatest personal achievement

My two daughters and hopefully finishing my London Marathon next month.

What’s your pet hate or biggest irritant?

Chewing gum.

If you were on ‘Mastermind’ what would your specialist subject be?


If you were elected to government what would be the first law you’d press for?

No one should be homeless.

If your 20-year-old self saw you now what would they think?

Doing good.

What is number 1 on your bucket list?

Taking my daughters on safari.

What 3 things would you take to a desert island?

Gin, music, boat.

Tell us something about you that people would be very surprised by

I enjoy taking part in Mud Monster, Tough Mudder races.

Who would you most like to ask these questions of?

Emmeline Pankhurst.