Clare Atherton

Chief People Officer

Clare brings a plethora of HR experience gained throughout her career in the rail, retail, FMCG, science and technology sectors to her role as Chief People Officer at Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC).

Having started her career within the Rail sector, Clare has held senior positions in private and public sector organisations – most recently with the National Nuclear Laboratory and global consulting and engineering firm Wood, before Joining MDC in May 2021.

Applying her Executive Leadership skills, honed across several sectors, large global organisations and more agile SMEs, Clare leads the development and delivery of MDC’s people strategy.

As Chief People Officer Clare leads the People function – developing vital strategic initiatives and driving organisational development to ensure MDC’s people are valued and empowered to deliver upon our vision of reshaping drug discovery for patient benefit.