Clare Barclay, Microsoft UK CEO

Microsoft UK CEO Clare Barclay appointed to CBI board

Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK, has been elected to the board of the CBI. Clare (above) was selected by CBI members as a Non-Executive Director and will work alongside the Director General on strategic and financial matters, including realising the vision the CBI recently shared for the next decade in their “Seize the Moment” report.

Barclay said: “I’ve always been inspired by the incredible work of the CBI to transform the UK and accelerate growth. The business landscape is changing rapidly and to deliver the promise of greater prosperity we must not shy away from the biggest challenges we face today. I am excited to join the CBI board to ensure the voice of business is heard across all regions of the UK and look forward to partnering on the progress we need.”

With nearly three decades in the IT industry, Clare has a deep passion for diversity and inclusion and for helping young people succeed in tech careers across the sector. In 2019, she was appointed to the Advisory Council of the British Heart Foundation and is also a member of the CBI’s President’s Committee.

Lord Karan Bilimoria, CBI President, said: “We’re delighted that Clare has been appointed as a non-executive board member. Tech and innovation have been the engine that kept the economy moving amidst these challenging times, and as the head of Microsoft UK, Clare’s insights and advice will be invaluable to the CBI and the UK business community particularly as we place technology at the heart of building back better. I look forward to working with Clare, her wealth of experience and contacts across the business and political community will be a real asset to the CBI.”