Our board

The composition of the board is as follows:

Andrew John Hunter, Non-Executive Chairman

Andrew John Hunter (Non-Executive Chairman) joined the Board in October 2011. He was appointed by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited (CKI), which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is a substantial shareholder in the Company. A J 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. He 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 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is Chairman of NWGL’s Remuneration Committee.

Paul Rew, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Paul Rew (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2010. He 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. He is a Non-Executive Director of DEFRA and the Care Quality Commission and chairs their Audit Committees, and was formerly a Non-Executive Director of the Met Office. He is Chairman of NWGL’s Audit Committee and Risk & Compliance Committee and is also a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive Officer

Heidi 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. She is a Non-executive Director of Eurostar International Limited and a Board Member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. She is also a Board Member of Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust, as well as a member of the CBI Board, Newcastle University Council and the Institute of Water. Ms Mottram was named Rail Business Manager of the Year in 2009 for being an "inspirational leader", she was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list in 2010 for services to the rail industry, and is also the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Business in the north east of England.

Chris Johns, Finance Director

Chris Johns (Finance Director) joined the Board in 2013. He was previously finance director of Northern Gas Networks Limited (NGN) since 2005, which is also part of the Cheung Kong Group. Before joining NGN, C I Johns worked in the financial services sector. He is a Chartered Accountant and has held senior financial management positions in both Yorkshire and London. His 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.

Ceri Jones, Assets and Assurance Director

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

Margaret Fay, Independent Non-Executive Director

Margaret Fay (Independent Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2010. She was Managing Director of Tyne Tees Television until December 2003 when she became Chairman of One North East, a position she held until August 2010. She is Deputy Chairman of The Sage Gateshead, a Governor of the University of Sunderland, Patron of Tees Valley Community Foundation and a Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear. M Fay is a member of NWGL’s Remuneration Committee.

Dr Simon Lyster, Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Simon Lyster (Independent Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2006. He is a lawyer by training, qualified in both the UK and the USA and 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 the World Land Trust and a Trustee of Conservation International-UK, the Kilverstone Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Rural Community Council of Essex. In July 2014, Dr Lyster was appointed to the Board of Natural England. He is a member of NWGL’s Audit Committee and Risk & Compliance Committee.

Martin Nègre, Independent Non-Executive Director

Martin Nègre (Independent Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2006. He 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. He was a founding Director of NWGL when it acquired the Group from Suez SA in 2003. He currently chairs Ecofin Vista Hedge Fund Limited, is a Non-executive Director of listed Investment Trust EW & PO plc and holds a number of Directorships focused on utilities. He sits on the supervisory board of Messieurs Hottinger & Cie. M Nègre is a member of NWGL’s Audit Committee and the Risk & Compliance Committee.

Frank Frame, Non-Executive Director

Frank Frame (Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in November 2011 and was 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, Baxter International Inc and Consolidated Press International Limited. He holds the degrees of Master of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

Loi Shun Chan, Non-Executive Director

L S Chan (Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in 2016. He was appointed by CKH and has been an Executive Director of CKI since January 2011 and Chief Financial Officer of CKI since January 2006. He 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).

Duncan Nicholas Macrae, Non-Executive Director

Duncan Nicholas Macrae (Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in October 2011. He was appointed by CKI, where he holds the position of Head of International Business D N Macrae has over 22 years of 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 NWGL’s Audit Committee, Risk & Compliance Committee, and Remuneration Committee.

Hing Lam Kam, Non-Executive Director

Hing Lam Kam (Non-Executive Director) joined the Board in October 2011. He was appointed by Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited (CKH), which is a substantial shareholder in the Company and is now wholly owned by Cheung Kong Hutchison Holdings Limited (CKHH). He is Group Managing Director of CKI and Deputy Managing Director of CKHH. H L Kam has been Group Managing Director of CKI since its incorporation in May 1996. He has also been Deputy Managing Director of CKH since February 1993. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of CK Life Sciences Int’l., (Holdings) Inc., and an Executive Director of Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Power Assets Holdings Limited. Mr Kam is also Chairman of Hui Xian Asset Management Limited, which manages Hui Xian Real Estate Investment Trust, a listed real estate investment trust. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

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.

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