By Pure Leapfrog

Pure Leapfrog is pleased to announce the appointment of Claire Hanratty as the new CEO of Pure Leapfrog, replacing Alex Germanis who is stepping down after having served as CEO for over two years.

Claire joins us from Australia, having led the Great Barrier Reef Foundation for a number of years. She will be leading Pure Leapfrog through an exciting time for the charity and community energy sector as now more than ever the energy system is in flux and community energy has a unique opportunity to help shape the future of it in the UK and abroad.

Speaking about her new appointment, Claire said: “It’s great to be joining Pure Leapfrog. Recent times have been challenging for community energy but these periods are often when innovation happens and these are certainly some exciting signs. I look forward to working with you all as we work to make the most of the emerging opportunities.”

“Many thanks to Alex Germanis who has led Pure Leapfrog in recent years and we wish him luck as he moves to the fairer climes of Italy. Think of us when the sun is shining Alex!

”The board of Trustees would like to warmly welcome Claire to Pure Leapfrog and we look forward to working with together to help communities create and benefit from a sustainable and low carbon energy system.

About Claire Hanratty

Prior to coming to England, Claire was CEO and Managing Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation from 2011 to March 2016.By leveraging the financial and technical resources of the Foundation’s network she sought to catalyse and fund science that will support the Foundation’s vision of ‘a resilient reef’.

Claire joined the Foundation in 2008 as General Manager, running the operational aspects of the organisation including financial management, investor/donor relationships, and the management of research investments. She also convened the Foundation’s network to develop its first research portfolio for investment - ‘A resilient reef successfully adapting to climate change’.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she spent eight years with Rio Tinto in senior management roles facilitating innovation and improvement across technology, shared services, procurement and operational teams in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

Claire began her career in finance with BP, working in accounting, treasury and corporate finance in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe.

She holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, an MA in International Relations (Environment and Development) from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (First Class Honours) from Victoria University in Wellington.