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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Dr Cathy McClay

Dr Cathy McClay is Director of Strategy, Policy and Regulation at Sembcorp Energy UK, which has the largest portfolio of distributed, flexible assets operating in the GB market.

Cathy has 20 years’ experience in the electricity industry. She has worked for a number of energy companies in the UK, France and the Netherlands, specialising in modelling and analysis for energy trading, risk management and strategy. Immediately prior to joining Sembcorp she was Head of Future Markets at National Grid SO where she was responsible for developing the GB electricity and gas markets. A key focus was on opening up the ancillary service market to new sources of flexibility such as demand side response.

Cathy is an electrical engineer with a PhD from St John’s College, Cambridge. She is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.