Claire Williams

Claire Williams

Claire Williams is an inspirational figure in the world of F1 and an eloquent speaker on leadership and cultural transformation.

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Claire Williams's Biography

Claire Williams OBE is known in the world of Formula 1 for her exceptional leadership and pioneering spirit. As the Deputy Team Principal of Williams Racing until 2020, Williams was one of only two women to head a Formula 1 team in the modern era. Under her guidance, Williams Racing achieved third place in the World Championship for Constructors in 2014 and 2015, marking the team's best performance in over a decade.

Today, Claire Williams serves as a global Brand Ambassador for WAE Technologies, formerly known as Williams Advanced Engineering, and is a familiar face to Formula 1 fans as an expert analyst on Netflix’s Drive to Survive. Her insights and experiences bring unparalleled depth to the documentary series.

Williams' journey in motorsport began after graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in Politics. She started her career as a Press Officer at Silverstone Circuit before joining the Williams team in 2002 as a Communications Officer. Her rise within the organization was swift, culminating in her appointment as Deputy Team Principal in 2013, where she oversaw the team's day-to-day operations and development.

Claire Williams' tenure at Williams Racing was marked by her commitment to diversity and inclusion. She was instrumental in giving Susie Wolff the opportunity to become the first female racing driver to participate in a Formula 1 race weekend since 1992. As Vice President of the Spinal Injuries Association, she also championed initiatives to integrate spinal cord injured individuals and wheelchair users into the team, fostering a culture of inclusivity.

In 2023, Williams launched the Sir Frank Williams Academy, a charitable initiative dedicated to providing life-changing care for spinal cord injured individuals. This initiative, supported by Williams Racing, reflects her enduring legacy and commitment to making a positive impact.

Since the sale of the Williams F1 team in 2020, Williams has provided consultancy services to brands entering Formula 1 and is a sought-after speaker at corporate events. Her personal experiences in managing a high-pressure, fast-paced environment resonates with audiences across various industries and her talks offer invaluable insights into leading high-performing teams, navigating change, and fostering a culture of excellence and diversity.

Claire Williams was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours List in recognition of her services to Formula One.


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