Claire Williams has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's 2016 Birthday Honours List for her services to Formula One.

The Williams deputy team principal and commercial director has been a key component in restructuring the Williams Group over the past few years and helped Williams F1 Racing return to the front of the grid. Williams has also overseen the growth and step up of the Williams Advanced Engineering side of the business.

In her senior position she has encouraged more women to consider careers in engineering and technology and was recently appointed Vice President of the Spinal Injuries Association, a charity extremely close to her heart.

"Today is a very proud day for me, but this is also a bit of a surprise," Williams said. "To be recognised in this way is a tremendous honour but one everyone at Williams can take credit for. I'm extremely lucky that I get to do a job that I love.

"To be able to play a role in a family legacy is an enormous privilege and one I don't take for granted. Formula One, and Williams, are great success stories for the UK and I will continue to use my role to help showcase what a great sport Formula One is, what a brilliant platform for this country's expertise in high class engineering it is, as well as a place that welcomes women across all of its disciplines."



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