Clare Spottiswoode, CBE

Former United Kingdom Gas Regulator

Clare has served as non-executive director of several companies. These include Energy Solutions (specializing in Nuclear Waste) where she served as Chairman of their European Business, and of Magnox, the UK business responsible for defueling and decommissioning 12 nuclear sites and operating one hydro-electric plant. She recently resigned from her position as Chair of the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz after nearly five years. Naftogaz is Ukraine’s largest national oil and gas company. Clare was also one of five members who served on the Independent Commission on Banking, set up by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to advise the Government on what measures to introduce to protect against future crises. She is currently serving as Chair of Xoserve, a central data service provider for Britain’s gas market.

Best known for her work as the UK's Gas Regulator between 1993 and 1998, Clare spear-headed the world's first introduction of choice and competition all the way down to the domestic level in the gas industry, and this experience is now enabling other countries and other industries to emulate what has been done in the UK in ways appropriate to their own particular circumstances.

Following on from a degree in Mathematics and Economics at Clare College Cambridge, and then a Mellon fellow scholarship to do an M.Phil in economics at Yale University, Clare started her career as a Civil Servant in H.M. Treasury, before becoming an entrepreneur, first in importing business, and then as the founder of a software house specializing in vertical market software for business. She is the author of two computer books, and editor of two others, all of which were translated into Spanish. She also has an honorary Doctorate from Brunel University, and was honored in the 1999 New Year's Honours with a CBE for services to the gas industry.