Our board

The composition of the board is as follows:

Andrew John Hunter, Non-Executive Chairman

A J Hunter (Non-Executive Chairman) joined the Board in October 2011, having been appointed by CK Infrastructure Holdings Limited (CKI), which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is a substantial shareholder in the Group. Mr Hunter is Deputy Managing Director of CKI and is an Executive Director of Power Assets Holdings Limited, a listed company. He has been an Executive Director of CKI since December 2006 and Deputy Managing Director since May 2010. Mr Hunter acted as the Chief Operating Officer of CKI from December 2006 to May 2010. Prior to his appointment to the board of Power Assets Holdings Limited in 1999, Mr Hunter was Finance Director of the Hutchison Property Group. He holds a Master of Arts degree, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr Hunter chairs
the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Key strengths: Leadership, strategic overview, finance and infrastructure.

Paul Rew, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

P Rew (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2010. Mr Rew is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) from 1987 until 2010, where he was lead partner for a diverse range of FTSE 100 clients and for PwC’s UK energy, utilities and mining sector practice. Mr Rew is a Non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission and chairs its Audit Committee, and was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Defra until July 2018, and the Met Office. He chairs the PR19 Board Sub-group, Audit Committee, Assurance Sub-committee and Risk & Compliance Sub-committee, and is also a member of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Key strengths: Finance, risk and corporate governance.

Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive Officer

H Mottram (CEO) joined the Board in 2010, when she was appointed as CEO of NWL and NWGL. Prior to her current position, Ms Mottram held a number of senior management roles, including Managing Director of Northern Rail Limited, Commercial Director of Arriva Trains and Operations Director of Midland Mainline, as well as various senior positions in Great North Eastern Railway. Ms Mottram is a Non-Executive Director of Eurostar International Limited, Vice-Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, a member of the CBI Board and Vice-Chair of Newcastle University Council. Ms Mottram was named Rail Business Manager of the Year in 2009 for being an "inspirational leader". She was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to the rail industry and a CBE in 2018 for services to the water industry and business community. Ms Mottram is also the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Business in the north east of England.

Key strengths: Leadership, corporate overview, infrastructure and customer service.

Chris Johns, Finance Director

C I Johns (Finance Director) joined the Board in 2013, having served as Finance Director of Northern Gas Networks Limited (NGN), which is also part of the Cheung Kong Group, since 2005. Before joining NGN, Mr Johns, who is a Chartered Accountant, held senior financial management positions in the financial services sector, in both Yorkshire and London. Mr Johns’ previous positions include being Head of Finance and Accounting within the UK lending operations of Provident Financial plc, and a senior management role in the Financial Reporting and Control Group of Morgan Stanley.

Key strengths: Finance and infrastructure.

Ceri Jones, Assets and Assurance Director

A C Jones (Assets and Assurance Director) joined the NWL Board in 2004. An economist by background, Mr Jones holds an MBA with distinction from Warwick and has extensive experience in dealing with government and regulatory bodies. Mr Jones is a Chartered Environmentalist and worked as a government economist and economic consultant before joining the water industry. He has held non-executive positions at a number of water industry organisations and is currently Chair of Landlord Tenant Access Portal Limited and Deputy Chair of a locally-based enterprise development business.

Key strengths: Economic regulation and corporate planning.

Margaret Fay, Independent Non-Executive Director

M Fay (Independent Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2010. Ms Fay was Managing Director of Tyne Tees Television until December 2003 when she became Chair of One North East, a position she held until August 2010, and was Deputy Chair of The Sage Gateshead until March 2018. Ms Fay is Deputy Chair of Governors of the University of Sunderland and Chair of South Tyneside Council’s Economic Regeneration Board. She was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to regional development and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear. Ms Fay is a member of the PR19 Board Sub-group, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Key strengths: Corporate overview and customer service.

Dr Simon Lyster, Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr S Lyster (Independent Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2006. A lawyer by training, Dr Lyster qualified in both the UK and the USA and is the author of the leading legal textbook on international wildlife law. Dr Lyster was Chief Executive of LEAD International from 2005 to 2011. Before joining LEAD, he was Director General of The Wildlife Trusts and previously worked for World Wildlife Fund for nine years, where he was responsible for its global policy work on international conventions. He is Chairman of Conservation International-UK, a Trustee of Kilverstone Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Rural Community Council of Essex, and a Council member of World Land Trust. In July 2014, Dr Lyster was appointed to the Board of Natural England and he is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Essex. Dr Lyster is a member of the PR19 Board Sub-group, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination
Committee, and the Assurance Sub-committee and Risk & Compliance Sub-committee.

Key strengths: Conservation, the environment and law.

Martin Nègre, Independent Non-Executive Director

M A B Nègre (Independent Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2006. Mr Nègre was, between April 2000 and April 2001, the CEO of the former Northumbrian Water Group plc and the chief corporate representative of its parent company, Suez, in the UK. Mr Nègre was a founding Director of NWGL when it acquired the Group from Suez SA in 2003 and listed it on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). He currently chairs Ecofin Vista Hedge Fund and Ecofin Global Renewable and Infrastructure Fund and is a Non-Executive Director of LSE-listed Investment Trust EGL plc. Mr Nègre sits on the supervisory board of Messieurs Hottinger & Cie. He is a member of the PR19 Board Sub-group, Audit Committee, Assurance Sub-committee and Risk & Compliance Sub-committee.

Key strengths: Strategy, utilities and infrastructure.

Frank Frame, Non-Executive Director

F R Frame (Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in November 2011, having been appointed by Li Ka Shing Foundation Limited, a company limited by guarantee and a charity, which is a substantial shareholder in the Company. A lawyer by profession, Mr Frame served as Deputy Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation; as Chairman of South China Morning Post Limited and The Wallem Group Limited; and as a Director of The Weir Group plc, Swire Pacific Limited, The British Bank of the Middle East, Edinburgh Dragon Trust plc and Baxter International Inc. He holds the degrees of Master of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

Key strengths: Corporate overview and law.

Loi Shun Chan, Non-Executive Director

L S Chan (Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2016, having been appointed by CKH, and has been an Executive Director of CKI since January 2011 and Chief Financial Officer of CKI since January 2006. Mr Chan joined Hutchison Whampoa Limited, which is a substantial shareholder of CKI, in January 1992 and has been with the Cheung Kong Group since May 1994. Mr Chan is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and also a member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia). He is a member of the PR19 Board Sub-group and Audit Committee.

Key strengths: Finance, infrastructure and corporate overview.

Duncan Nicholas Macrae, Non-Executive Director

D N Macrae (Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in October 2011, having been appointed by CKI, where he holds the position of Head of International Business. Mr Macrae has over 22 years’ experience in the infrastructure investment field and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics. He is a member of the PR19 Board Sub-group, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Key strengths: Finance, infrastructure and corporate overview.

Hing Lam Kam, Non-Executive Director

H L Kam (Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in October 2011, having been appointed by Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited (CKH), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited of which he is the Deputy Managing Director. Mr Kam is also Group Managing Director of CKI, a position he has held since its incorporation in May 1996. He is the Deputy Managing Director of CK Asset Holdings Ltd., President and Chief Executive Officer of CK Life Sciences Int’l (Holdings) Inc., as well as Chairman of Hui Xian Asset Management Limited, which manages Hui Xian Real Estate Investment Trust, a listed real estate investment trust. Mr Kam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Key strengths: Leadership, strategic overview, finance and infrastructure.

Martin Parker, General Counsel and Company Secretary

Martin Parker (General Counsel and Company Secretary) was appointed as Company Secretary of NWG in May 2003. Mr Parker is a solicitor and worked in private practice in London and Newcastle upon Tyne before joining the former Northumbrian Water Group plc in 1990. He was appointed Head of Group Legal Services in 1998 and General Counsel and Company Secretary of NWL in 2000. Mr Parker is Secretary of all the Board committees and sub-committees.

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