Claire is the Balancing Programme Director for the GB electricity system operator, responsible for looking at how the electricity system and market will evolve in the future, what this means in terms of obeying the laws of physics and the controllability of the system, and how we need to change our IT architecture, systems and processes to embrace and facilitate the transformation. Prior to this she was Head of Business Development: responsible for facilitating the transition to a low carbon network by embracing innovative and disruptive technologies and business models into the sector, responsible for optimising the c£1bn. cost of operating the electricity system and for GB security of electricity supply. Upon joining National Grid in 2002, Claire established herself as a regulatory and commercial expert within National Grid and the wider industry and is now also recognised for leading successful teams in an operational environment. Career highlights include representing National Grid in the London 2012 Olympics control room, leading a high-performing deal team to agree critical contracts significantly below financial targets and delivering multi million pound revenue opportunities. Claire also sits on the Advisory Board for the Oxford University-run UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand and is a Fellow of the British American Project. Claire lives in the village in the heart of central England with her daughter and is currently studying to achieve chartership with the Institute of Directors.