South West Water Board
The South West Water Board of Directors comprises the Chairman (A Non-executive Director), three Executive Directors, and six further Non-executive Directors.
The Board considers the Non-executive Directors to be independent in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, as they are considered to have the appropriate skills, experience in their respective disciplines and personality to bring independent and objective judgment to the Board’s deliberations. Their biographies below demonstrate collectively a broad range of business, financial and other relevant experience.
There is a clear division of responsibilities between the roles of Chairman and The Group Chief Executive as recorded in the descriptions of the roles approved by the Board. All Directors are subject to re-election each year.
Sir John Parker Chairman
Appointment Sir John was appointed to the South West Water Board on 31 July 2015 having been appointed to the Pennon Group Plc Board as Deputy Chairman on 1 April 2015.
He became Chairman of both boards on 1 August 2015. He is also chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Skills and experience Sir John is a highly experienced and independent chairman and brings a wealth of leadership experience across a range of industries. He won the lifetime achievement award at The Sunday Times 2015 Non-Executive Director Awards and is widely recognised for his policy work on corporate governance, including the value of diversity in the boardroom.
He has chaired five FTSE100 companies and was previously the chairman of Anglo American Plc and National Grid plc, senior non-executive director and chair of the Court of the Bank of England, deputy chairman of DP World, joint chair of Mondi and chair of BVT and P&O plc. He was also president of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2011 to 2014.
External appointments Sir John is the chairman of Laing O'Rourke and Advanced Plasma Power Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Carnival Corporation, Airbus Group and is a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford.
Dr Stephen Bird Managing Director
Appointment Stephen was appointed to the Board on 1 March 2000 and was appointed to the position of Managing Director of South West Water on 1 January 2016.
Skills and experience Prior to joining South West Water, Stephen held posts in the Welsh Water Authority, National Rivers Authority and Wallace Evans Consultants as an environmental consultant.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Managers, fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds an MBA.
External appointments Stephen is Director of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and a member of Water UK Council.
Louise Rowe Finance Director
Appointed South West Water Finance Director on 1 February 2015.
Skills and experience Louise has been with South West Water for over eight years, holding a range of managerial roles in the Finance Directorate prior to her appointment as Finance Director.
She is physics graduate and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG.
She was recently appointed Non-executive Director for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.
External appointments Louise is a member of the Water UK Finance Directors Forum and the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability’s Finance Culture Project. She was recently appointed Non-executive Director for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.
Chris Loughlin Pennon Group Chief Executive Officer
Appointment Chris was appointed to the Board on 1 August 2006 as Chief Executive of South West Water. He became the Pennon Group Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2016.
Chris is a member of the Sustainability Committee.
Skills and experience Chris has extensive experience of the regulated business environment and the management of major engineering and infrastructure services. He started his career as a chartered engineer working in both the consulting and contracting sectors and, after holding a number of senior positions with British Nuclear Fuels plc, joined its board as an executive director. Prior to joining Pennon he was chief operating officer with Lloyds Register and before that executive chairman of Magnox Electric plc. He was also a senior diplomat in the British Embassy, Tokyo.
Chris has a comprehensive understanding of the water industry. He was previously a board member (and, for a period, president) of the Institute of Water, and between April 2008 and March 2012 was chairman of Water UK. An enthusiastic advocate of local business, Chris was a director of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership for six years.
External appointments Chris is currently chairman of British Water, a director of Water UK and a trustee of the charity WaterAid.
Susan Davy Pennon Group Chief Financial Officer (1)
Skills and experience Susan is a member of the Pennon Board and Pennon Executive.
Susan is a graduate qualified chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience in the utility sector.
Prior to her current appointment Susan was Finance Director
Susan’s knowledge of the industry coupled with her financial and regulatory expertise has supported the development of the group’s strategy and her input has been invaluable to the Board in its deliberations.
(1) In attendance at the South West Water Board
Lord Matthew Taylor Senior Independent Director
Appointment Matthew was appointed to the South West Water Board on 1 March 2010 and appointed as a senior independent director during the financial year (2017-18).
Skills and experience Matthew was MP for Truro and St Austell for 23 years from 1987, until he stood down at the 2010 general election. He has expertise in planning for sustainable communities.
External appointments Lord Taylor of Goss Moor Chairs the St Austell Eco-Community Strategic Partnership Board. Matthew is also Non-executive Director of Mayfield Market Towns Ltd., and Chair and Non-executive Director of Bridgehall Real Estate Limited and Kensa Heat Pumps Limited.
Jon Butterworth MBE Non-executive Director
Appointment Jon was appointed to the Board on 28 September 2017. He is a member of the Sustainability Committee and PR19 Committee, and has taken on the role of independent scrutineer of health and safety processes across the Group, to help Pennon ensure that these are robust and effective.
Skills and experience Jon has over 38 years’ experience in the Utility Industry. He started his career in British Gas and subsequently became the Managing Director of North West Transco in 1999 having worked in many Construction, Asset and Operational roles as well as running the UK Gas Emergency service. He has a wealth of knowledge in Utilities and has held numerous senior positions within the industry including National Operations Director and Global Director of Safety, Sustainability & Resilience within National Grid Plc and currently leads its Global Transmission Businesses. Jon was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to Britain’s Gas Industry and is passionate about social responsibility he was instrumental in the Governments Rehabilitation of Young Offenders programme and has dedicated over ten years to Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB). He has three children and has been married for 31 years.
External appointments Jon is also the Chairman CORGI, Ambassador HM Young Offenders Programme, Associate Member Brooke/Woodlands Multi Academy Trust, Ambassador Special Olympics Great Britain, Director & Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Gas Safety Trust, Trustee National Gas Museums Trust.
Neil Cooper Non-executive Director
Appointment Neil was appointed to the Board on 1 April 2016, having joined the Pennon Group Plc Board on 1 September 2014. He is chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Skills and experience Neil brings to the Board extensive experience in a wide variety of corporate and financial matters. Most recently, is Chief Financial Officer of Currencies Direct Limited and have previous roles of group finance director of Barratt Developments plc and, before that, group finance director of William Hill plc and Bovis Homes plc.
He also held senior finance positions at Whitbread plc, worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant and held a number of roles with Reckitt & Colman plc.
External appointments None.
Martin Hagen Non-executive Director
Appointment Martin was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2010.
Skills and experience Martin was previously Deputy Chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Regulatory Decisions
Committee, a board member and President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and senior partner of Deloitte’s West of England practice.
External appointments Martin is an independent member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Governor and Audit Committee Chair of UWE Bristol and a Board member and Audit Committee. He is also Chair of Companies House.
Gill Rider Non-executive Director
Appointment Gill was appointed to the Board on 1 April 2016, having been appointed to the Pennon Group Plc board on 1 September 2012. She is chairman of the Sustainability Committee and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Skills and experience Gill has a wealth of experience in leadership, governance and remuneration across a broad range of sectors including professional services, education and government.
Formerly, she was head of the Civil Service Capability Group in the Cabinet Office, reporting to the Cabinet Secretary and prior to that held a number of senior positions with Accenture LLP culminating in the post of chief leadership officer for the global firm. She was previously president of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a non-executive director of De La Rue plc.
External appointments Gill currently holds non-executive directorships with Charles Taylor plc, where she is senior independent director, and Intertek Group plc. She is chairman of both their remuneration committees. She is also chair of the council (board) of the University of Southampton.
Iain Evans – Independent Non-Executive Director
Iain was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2018. He is a member of the Audit, Remuneration, Nomination and Sustainability Committees.
Skills and Experience Iain has 40 years of extensive global experience in advising companies and governments on issues of complex corporate strategy. In 1983 he co-founded LEK Consulting in London and built it into one of the world's largest and most respected corporate strategy consulting firms with a global footprint active in a wide range of industries.
Iain was appointed as a non-executive director of Welsh Water plc in 1989 and served on the board for nearly 10 years, including 5 years as chairman
External appointments Iain continues to act as an independent corporate strategy consultant on a part time basis