Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT September 2019

Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine

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Eric Wright Water has appointed Paul Swann as commercial manager. Swann joins the company, which is part of the Eric Wright Group, from utilities services company Amey, where he spent 10 years and was head of commercial for the United Utilities key account. He brings to the role over 25 years' experience in commercial management. Southern Water has appointed Keith Lough as independent chairman. Lough had been a non- executive director of Ofgem since 2012, and his executive career spanned senior board positions at Lasmo and British Energy. Kevin McCullough has also joined Southern Water as an independent non- executive director. Michael Roberts is to leave his role as chief executive of Water UK. The organisation said a four- year term had always been his intention and that he will remain in place until the new year while a successor is sought. "As the sector in England and Wales moves towards the next AMP, this is a good time to pass on the baton," Roberts said. The Talk: September ROUND-UP PEOPLE MOVES 4 | SEPTEMBER 2019 | WWT | www.wwtonline.co.uk Major campaign encourages nation to 'Love Water' The British public is being asked to help the country protect water resources for future generations as part of a major campaign launched by more than 40 environmental groups, charities, water companies and regulators. The long-term campaign is led by bodies including the Environment Agency, Water UK, Ofwat, NFU and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust among others and is being launched as part of the Government's Year of Green Action. It will feature events and initiatives, such as beach and river cleans-ups and water-saving projects, designed to engage the public and encourage them to enjoy water and the environment. UK Government consults on 'water- saving culture' The Government has invited the industry and the public to bring forward ideas about how to reduce personal water consumption. In the 25 Year Environment Plan, the Government committed to incentivise greater water efficiency and less personal use and, as part of that, it wants to develop a 'water-saving culture'. The consultation, which is open to any interested parties in England only, runs until 11 October. Ofwat makes it mandatory to meet BLTG principles Ofwat has made it compulsory for all water companies to meet new objectives about board leadership, transparency and governance (BLTG), including the need to establish a purpose, strategy and set of values. Company boards must also be satisfied that these, and its culture, reflect the needs of all those it serves. Aileen Armstrong, senior director of finance and governance at Ofwat, said: "The corporate behaviour of some companies, along with significant service failures, has damaged trust in the sector, so it is only right that company boards, through their leadership, take ownership of how they meet these objectives."

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