Claire Thorne | co-CEO, Tech She Can & Venture Partner, Deep Science Ventures

Claire ThorneI jointly lead the tech careers inspiration charity Tech She Can. Bridging industry, policy and education, we’re on a mission to increase diversity in tech and enable social mobility UK-wide.

I also support the creation of deep-tech science companies as Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures where we’ve developed a new flavour of PhD: the Venture Science Doctorate – diversity-first and venture-led.

What unites both of these roles is science and tech talent and inclusive pathways. As a woman in tech, a returner, a physicist and a mum, I’m super passionate about innovation, parity and equality in the workplace, and STEM education and research.

My background is in innovation strategy in research-intensive environments, spanning universities, government and business. I’ve led multi-£million acquisitions; developed the vision and strategy for Imperial’s White City £3bn 23-acre innovation district; built clusters; led a university Tech Transfer Office; and operated the #1 global university business incubator. I’ve worked across digital, smart infrastructure, space, security and defence innovation ecosystems.

I am a UN UK Delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and a member of the Institute of Coding’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board. In 2023, I was nominated for Computer Weekly’s most influential people in UK technology ‘UKtech50’ and named in Computer Weekly’s top 10 ‘Most Influential Women in Tech’.

I hold a PhD in Astroparticle Physics from Imperial on the direct detection of dark matter, conducted in a working mine 1km underground.