Claire Williams joined the Utility Regulator board on 1 May 2019. Claire has held senior positions in the electricity, renewable energy and rail industries for over 20 years. Claire is Director of Legal & Company Secretary for both Low Carbon Contracts Company, the counterparty to Contracts for Difference under the CFD regime in GB, and for Electricity Settlements Company, the organisation managing settlement in the GB Capacity Market.
Before this, Claire was Group General Counsel & Company Secretary for the Carbon Trust and worked on its government grant portfolio (including offshore wind and marine), UK and international advisory work, onshore wind interests and venture capital investments portfolio. Claire also served as a director of Carbon Trust International Ltd.
Prior to this, Claire was Head of Legal & Company Secretary for Elexon, the GB Balancing & Settlement Code company, where she was heavily involved in the GB electricity balancing and settlement mechanism. She was also responsible for managing the Association of Power Exchanges (APEx), an organisation providing a forum for international gas and electricity pools, grids and power exchanges.
Previously, Claire was counsel for Network Rail (Union Railways) dealing with legal issues on the construction of HS1, including the new stations, bridge and highways works and interfacing with the water and electricity sectors. In her earlier career, Claire spent several years as a private practice lawyer. Claire has a Masters in Law from Cambridge University.