Cathy McClay

Cathy McClay

Head of Commercial Operations , National Grid

Cathy joined National Grid in September 2015 as Head of Commercial, Electricity in the System Operator.  Her teams are responsible for ensuring that the Electricity Control Room has the operational strategy and commercial tools in place to manage the network in real time.  Activities covered include: running the capacity market and CfD auctions; purchasing and settlement of all balancing services; development of future system operability strategy and appropriate incentives; within year operability strategy development and delivery.  She is current leading the work on Flexibility for National Grid.

 

Prior to joining National Grid, Cathy spent the previous 16 years working for a number of energy companies where her focus was on trading and risk management.  She has experience of developing commercial strategies for a wide range of technologies including pumped storage, gas, coal and nuclear.  She also has experience of a wide range of energy markets and countries.  She spent 1 year working for a pan-European energy company in Amsterdam where her team was responsible for analysis of all the European energy markets.  More recently she spent 3 years working for EDF in Paris developing and implementing a new risk management framework for all of the European energy assets.