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The day-to-day running of our company is led by an Executive Management Team, which reports to our Board of Directors. 

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Our Board of Directors

The day-to-day running of our company is led by an Executive Management Team, which reports to our Board of Directors. 

Southern Water Chairman, Robert JenningsRobert Jennings


Appointed Chairman in April 2014, Robert joined the board as an Independent Non-executive Director in July 2012.

Robert is also the Department for Transport’s representative on the Board of Crossrail.

He joined SG Warburg & Co in 1986 and remained with the organisation until February 2009 where for many years he had been head/joint head of the bank’s infrastructure group. During this period, he was also seconded to HM Treasury on two occasions.

Robert graduated from Bristol University in 1976 after reading Economics & Accounting.

Articled to Coopers and Lybrand, he became a Chartered Accountant in 1979 and, in 2005, was made a CBE in recognition of his services to the transport sector and finance industry.


Southern Water Chief Executive Officer, Matthew WrightMatthew Wright

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed in February 2011, Matthew Wright joined us from United Utilities where he was Managing Director, Asset Management and Delivery.

Prior to that, he was Managing Director, Operations, and his role included management of the operations, maintenance and customer service activities of United Utilities’ regulated water and wastewater business as well as oversight of the company’s external contracts with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Scottish PFI projects and other industrial customers.

Matthew has more than 23 years' experience of utility management in both UK and international markets.

He joined United Utilities in 2007 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 operations, regulation, corporate strategy and commercial utility functions.


Chief Financial Officer, Mick CarmedyMichael Carmedy

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed in November 2011, Michael Carmedy joined us from United Utilities where he was previously the Group Controller and Finance Director United Utilities Water Plc.

He joined United Utilities in January 2008 from Thames Water where he worked for 17 years in various financial, commercial and regulatory roles based in both the UK and the US.

Immediately prior to joining United Utilities, he was Thames Water Group Financial Controller, a role he took up following his return from the US where he spent four years with Thames Water Americas, including two years as VP Regulation, American Water.


Senior Independent Non-executive Director, David GoldenDavid Golden

Senior Independent
Non-executive Director

Appointed in November 2003, David Golden is Chairman of the MPSL Group of Construction/Design companies and EOS Ethical.

Previously, he was Contracts Director of Amec, Contracts Director of British Nuclear Fuels plc and Procurement Director of North West Water, each entity embracing significant civil engineering based capital programmes.

Subsequently he was Chief Executive of Banner Business Supplies and Executive Chairman of Altrix Healthcare plc. He is a former Chairman of the Water Industry Certification Scheme.


Independent Non-executive Director, Robert ArmstrongRobert Armstrong

Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed in May 2008, Robert Armstrong was previously Managing Director of United Utilities Customer Sales and a Director of United Utilities Water plc.

He is a former chairman of Water UK and was awarded the OBE for services to the water industry in 2006.


Independent Non-executive Director, Cheryl BlackCheryl Black

Independent Non-executive Director

Cheryl Black joined the board in 2008. She has spent her entire career in customer-focused roles, including Customer Service Director at Telefonica O2 (2006–11) and Scottish Water (2002–06).

She currently holds non-executive roles at Skipton Building Society and EDF Nuclear Generation Ltd, and is a Director of Telefonica UK Pension Trustee Ltd.

Cheryl is a Vice-President of the Institute of Customer Service (ICS) and is a special advisor to the Customer Contact Association (CCA).

She is also a Director of Cheryl Black & Partners Ltd, a customer strategy consultancy.


Non-executive Director, Paul MoyPaul Moy

Non-executive Director

Paul Moy is the global Head and Chief Investment Officer for UBS Infrastructure and Private Equity, a division of UBS Global Asset Management.

He has extensive principal investment, investment banking and advisory experience in the infrastructure sector across a broad range of asset types, including electricity generation, transmission and distribution, gas, water, toll roads, ports, rail, telecommunications and waste management.

Paul also has considerable experience as a non-executive director and is currently a Non-executive Director of Northern Star Generation, CWF Holdings and Njord Gas Infrastructure. Paul holds a BA and PhD in Economics.


Non-executive Director, Mark WaltersMark Walters

Non-executive Director

Mark Walters joined the board in March 2014 having previously held positions within the wider Southern Water group over the last five years.

A seasoned investment professional, he is an Executive Director and asset manager with the J.P. Morgan Infrastructure Investments Group, based in London, and is responsible for principle investment activity across Europe.

Mark holds board appointments across a number of J.P. Morgan’s utility investments, including Electricity North West and Zephyr Investments Ltd, and is actively engaged in the strategic oversight and development of these businesses.

Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mark held investment and advisory positions at Macquarie Bank, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen, where he started his career and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW.


Company Secretary and General Counsel, Kevin HallKevin Hall

Company Secretary and
General Counsel

Kevin is a qualified solicitor and has worked for Southern Water since 1975.

Having also undertaken legal environmental and regulatory work, he focused on customers and water supply on the creation of Southern Water Services in 1989 and became Company Secretary of the Southern Water Group in 1997 following its acquisition by ScottishPower.

Since then, he has been involved in many significant corporate and financing activities in addition to his overall legal responsibilities for Southern Water.

In February 2008, he also became Company Secretary of the Greensands companies and his role continues to be in supporting and advising the companies’ boards and businesses.

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