Clare Alexander is Chair of Aitken Alexander Associates Ltd. She became a literary agent in 1998 after more than 20 years as a publisher, latterly as Publishing Director of Viking and Editor-in-chief of Macmillan. In 1995, she was the editor of the winners of the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Prize, the first editor ever to achieve this hat trick. As an agent, Clare specializes in literary and commercial fiction, history, biography and memoir. She was a member of the board of the Orange Prize since 1998, which was rebranded as the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2014 and she now serves as a Patron of that prize. She was named Orion Publishing Group Literary Agent of the Year at the 2007 British Book Industry Awards and was awarded the 2008 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, which honours outstanding achievements by women in publishing.