The following people form our Executive Leadership Team alongside Philip Green, Tim Weller and Charlie Cornish:
Position: Chief information officer
Martin was appointed to the new role of chief information officer on 11 May 2007, to focus on developing the structure of the function and its transformation to the new organisation structure. He was formerly chief operating officer for Scottish Water Solutions, a public-private partnership to upgrade Scotland’s water infrastructure. He is a former trustee of WaterAid and a past chairman of Business in the Arts: North West. He took over as managing director of contract solutions following the death of Gordon Waters in December 2006, a position he held until 30 April 2007.
Position: Human resources director
Alison joined the group on 21 May 2007. Previously she was group international human resources director for global retailer AS Watson in Hong Kong. She started her early career in Ford Motor Company, holding a variety of industrial relations roles, and then moved into media to specialise in management development. In 1997 she became human resources director for Hilton, then Whitbread Restaurants. She is responsible for the human resources teams across United Utilities.
Position: Managing director, asset management and regulation
Clive was appointed as managing director of asset management and regulation on 8 March 2007. His external roles include non executive director of the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, chair of the CBI in the north west of England, and a member of the Water UK Council. He joined what was North West Water Group PLC in 1991 and has held positions including being regulation director, group strategic planning director and chief operating officer of the regulated business. Prior to joining United Utilities, he qualified as an accountant with ICI and then worked as a management consultant with Deloitte & Touche. He has also had secondments to the Cabinet Office and Ofwat and for five years was a non-executive director of a Department of State. He has a degree in natural sciences from Queens’ College, Cambridge and a doctorate in operational research from Birmingham University.
Position: Company secretary and general counsel
Tom was appointed company secretary and general counsel on 3 December 2007. From 2002 until 2007 he was company secretary and general counsel of Gallaher Group Plc and a
board appointed member of Gallaher’s corporate responsibility committee. As such, he was responsible for managing the corporate affairs, legal and security and brand protection departments and acting as secretary to the Plc board and its principal committees. Prior to that, he was a senior legal adviser for Gallaher from 2000 to 2002, having been appointed to that role following 16 years with Simmons & Simmons, where he was appointed a partner in May 1991. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an accredited mediator and is a member of the european advisory board of FM Global.
Position: Communications director
Gaynor was appointed communications director on 22 May 2006 and joined United Utilities from ScottishPower where she was UK government and community affairs director. In this role, she was responsible for ScottishPower’s political strategy in the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Westminster and for the group’s US and UK corporate responsibility strategy. She previously worked for Manweb until 1995, and before that at the Government’s Central Office of Information.
Position: Managing director, capital programmes
Ian was appointed managing director, capital programmes in April 2007 to manage the delivery of United Utilities Water’s capital programme, valued at over £3 billion. In addition,
he also oversees United Utilities’ inputs to major water capital programmes in the south of England, (4Delivery) and Scotland (Scottish Water Solutions). Prior to joining United Utilities, he was managing director of MWH UK LTD, the UK’s largest provider of consultancy services to the water industry. For several years prior to this he was the director of programme management for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.
Position: Managing director, operations
Matthew was appointed managing director, operations on 1 April 2008. His role includes management of the operations, maintenance and customer service activities of United Utilities’ regulated (water and wastewater business) as well as overseeing the company’s external contracts with Dwˆ r Cymru Welsh Water, Scottish PFI projects and other industrial customers. He has over 20 years’ experience of utility management in both UK and international markets. He joined United Utilities on 1 March 2007, as managing director, water operations and maintenance from ScottishPower’s US operation, where he was executive vice president of PacifiCorp’s transmission, distribution and customer service division. He has also held senior management positions in regulation, corporate strategy and commercial utility functions.