Value Based Leadership – How Pluralsight are Harnessing the Power of Technology to Drive Positive Change in Society

For this session, we will have the privilege of hearing from one of the leaders at Pluralsight, a pioneering technology company known…

Claire Thorne



I jointly lead the skills charity Tech She Can – working to increase the number of women in technology roles. 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.

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

My background is in innovation in research-intensive environments, spanning universities, government and business. I’ve led multi-£million acquisitions, such as iKinema by Apple; developed the vision and strategy for Imperial College London’s White City £3bn 23-acre innovation district; 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 2022, I was named in Computer Weekly’s ‘Top 50 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.