About Us

Smith Taverner Ltd is led by Angus Taverner, a specialist in strategic communication and international risk, and Dr Kitty Smith, a clinician and expert on Global Health Security.

Since 2007, we have helped clients to understand better the global environment in which they are operating. We have supported business development, change management programmes and enhanced organisations’ strategic communications.

Smith Taverner has completed many projects involving: risk analysis; interpreting international media trends and public perceptions; and offered commentary on the strategic challenges that influence political, diplomatic and economic issues around the world and particularly in the Middle East.

The company’s services are tailored to meet the requirements of each client – large or small. Smith Taverner can provide:

  • One-off reports on the political-information environment in which a client is looking to develop business.
  • Detailed health security analyses, either to support individuals and groups deploying around the world, or for specific environments in which people are operating.
  • Regular reports on political or global health risks in fast-changing environments, both to provide forewarning of potential problems and recommend risk mitigation measures.
  • Provide continuous monitoring and analysis of open source material – daily if required – relating to a client’s work to determine how this is impacting on local, regional and international reputations.
  • Advice on how to engage with key decision makers and opinion formers.
  • Training in risk mitigation, global health preparedness, strategic communication, and open-source information analysis.

Smith Taverner maintains contact with a network of specialist associates with expertise in: security, travel health, behavioural science, international law, media training, hostile environment training.

As a team Smith Taverner offers a one-stop shop for clients planning to develop or already working in challenging or high risk situations.


Angus Taverner MA

Angus Taverner is a specialist in media relations, political risk, security analysis and strategic communications.  He has been working with governments and organisations in Europe, the US and the Middle East since 2000, and has completed many projects involving: news analysis; interpreting international media trends and perceptions; as well as commentary on strategic issues that influence political, diplomatic and economic debate around the world.

Angus Taverner

Formerly an artillery officer in the British Army, Angus subsequently specialised in media-military relations, developing the UK Armed Forces’ first formal doctrine for undertaking Media Operations and, while working for the UK Ministry of Defence, he conceived and established the UK’s Defence Media Operations Centre (DMOC) in 2002.  He planned the military-media support for initial operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan and evolved the UK policy for embedding war correspondents with UK forces. He was the British Army’s spokesman during the Foot & Mouth emergency in the UK in 2001.

Today, he is recognised for work in political risk analysis, media relations, media analysis and crisis communications.

He has contributed to a number of books on the strategic use of ‘Soft Power’ and the military employment of Information and Influence Campaigns.  He has lectured widely including: The National Press Club, Washington; Chatham House, London; the Royal United Services Institution (RUSI), London; and the NATO School; Oberammergau. He has also conducted training in the UAE, Oman, Sweden, Estonia, Armenia, Ireland, Hungary, Romania, Bangladesh and Germany.


Dr Catherine Smith FRCP(Edin) MBBChir, BSc (Hons), PhD, DipTravMed, DTM&H, Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (RCPSG)

Dr Catherine (Kitty) Smith is a recognised expert in the fields of global health security, travel health and vaccinology. Until recently, she was Medical Lead in Health Protection Scotland (HPS) – Scotland’s public health agency – for global health, travel health and viral haemorrhagic fevers.

Dr Catherine Smith

In 2015, she was responsible for ensuring Scottish preparedness in response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This has included providing direct advice to the highest levels of the UK and Scottish governments, liaising closely with civil and military officials responsible for resilience and national preparedness, and engaging with the national and international media in order to ensure public understanding of the extent of the threat, and to address areas of public concern and anxiety.

Over recent years she has also led work on countering the potential impact of pandemic infectious disease threats including: H5N1 (“bird flu”) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The latter has included advice for Muslim travellers undertaking Haj. She also led investigative work into a recent outbreak of Anthrax disease in Scotland to ensure appropriate containment and to limit public risk.

Dr Smith has lengthy experience in providing clinical expertise and overseeing surveillance in all travel and international health issues in Health Protection Scotland (HPS), including TRAVAX® and fitfortravel® content. She maintains some clinical practice; treating patients with infectious diseases, while also providing clinical advice to travellers on tropical medicine and travel medicine. Her professional interests include schistosomiasis in travellers, HIV positive travellers, malaria and skin disease in travellers.

Dr Smith is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) and she holds a PhD in Physiology from the University of Cambridge. After her initial medical training at the University of Cambridge, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and the Royal London Hospital, Dr Smith gained experience in general medicine and drug development before specialising in infectious diseases, tropical medicine and travel medicine. She moved to Glasgow in 2004 to take up a post in clinical infectious diseases and travel medicine before moving to her current role as Medical Lead in the Travel Medicine and International Health Team in Health Protection Scotland in January 2007.