CEO of ‘the best utility company in UK′ named as global industry leader

Heidi Mottram


Northumbrian Water Group CEO Heidi Mottram has been named as one of the top global water leaders and most influential people in the water industry.

The announcement was made by Water and Wastewater International (WWi) and puts the Northumbrian Water leader among water leaders from all across the world.

Now in its fourth year, the WWi Top 25 Global Water Leaders initiative continues to grow in popularity as a barometer of the industry′s thought leaders.

This year the focus is on active leaders whom are driving companies forward into the digital water age with a focus on innovation.

Their nomination commended Heidi for ‘Helping the utility to develop a policy of using local suppliers to support the local economy, as well as introducing a very forward-thinking flood policy′.

"Under her leadership, Northumbrian has been named the only water company on the World′s Most Ethical Companies list seven years in a row. Prior to her current position, she held a number of senior management roles in rail companies and was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list in 2010 for services to the rail industry. Last year she was named the North-east Business Executive of the Year".

The WWi particularly highlighted the company′s first ever Innovation Festival that was held in 2017 and saw NWG team up with companies including IBM, Microsoft and BT to deliver the industry′s first-of-its-kind event.

The announcement follows NWG′s recent success at one of the UK utilities industry′s most prestigious events where the company was named Utility of the Year, beating off competition from across the whole of the utility industry.

CEO Heidi Mottram said: "I′m delighted and honored to have been named on the WWi′s list and my inclusion, and our recent utility of the year award, is a reflection of the amazing work that the people who work for NWG do every day.

"It′s really pleasing to see that we′ve been recognised for our work around innovation as this is something that I′m incredibly passionate about and as a company we are committed to driving the industry forward and pushing boundaries.

"This is a hugely rewarding industry that can not only enhance the lives of those within it, but it also gives people a chance to shape the world around them."

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Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customers in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.

In the most recent survey by the Consumer Council for Water, Northumbrian Water was named the UK′s most trusted water company by its customers. 2017 also saw Northumbrian Water named the world′s most ethical water company for the seventh successive year and Utility of the Year at the Utility Week Awards, for the second time in four years.

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