Claire Williams is the Former Deputy Team Principal for Williams Racing.
The Williams Formula 1 team is one of incredible heritage and is an integral part of motorsport history. Growing up as the daughter of Sir Frank Williams meant Claire was exposed to F1 throughout her life and unsurprisingly developed a passion for the sport from a very young age. She worked in the Race Office during her school holidays and was a regular face behind the scenes at Williams before joining the team.
After studying Politics at Newcastle University, Claire initially joined the Silverstone Circuit as a press officer before joining the Williams team full time as a Communications Officer. She was later appointed Commercial Director, taking the lead on partner acquisitions, marketing, brand and communications as well as joining as a member of the Board.
In 2013, Claire became the Deputy Team Principal for Williams, responsible for the day-to-day running and long-term development of the race team while also representing the Williams family’s majority on the board. In F1’s 70-year history there has only been one other woman to hold such a position. Claire’s position in a historically male-dominant sport proved to the world that women belong there and can lead and succeed. She retired from F1 in 2020.
Claire 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.