Cathy McClay is Head of Future Markets in the System Operator at National Grid. Cathy and her team work with the wider industry to develop and drive the change in the gas, electricity and capacity markets required to transition to the energy system of the future. A key focus of her role is ensuring that the market design and the code governance underpinning the markets is fit for purpose given the much wider number of market participants than in the past. Prior to this, Cathy was Head of Commercial, Electricity where she was responsible for delivering the strategy and tools to the electricity control room to balance the system in real time.
Cathy has over 15 years’ experience in the electricity industry working for several energy companies in the UK, France and the Netherlands where she specialised in modelling and analysis for trading, risk management and strategy. She is an engineer with a PhD from St John’s College, Cambridge in the mathematical modelling of induction motors, a Fellow of the IET and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College.