The day-to-day running of our company is led by an Executive Management Team, which reports to our Board of Directors.
Bill Tame joined the Board in January 2015 and was appointed Chairman on 1 March 2017.
A chartered accountant by training, Bill held a number of senior finance roles at Courtaulds plc, the UK FTSE 100 chemicals company, both in the UK and overseas, operating as chief financial officer in Europe, based in France and then as finance director in Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.
He subsequently worked as finance director for Scapa Group plc before joining the board of Babcock International Group plc in 2002 as group finance director, a role he held during Babcock’s development from a small cap company to its position as a member of the FTSE 100.
Following the acquisition by Babcock of the international aviation services business, Avincis, in 2014, Bill assumed the role of chief executive officer of Babcock’s Global Growth & Operations with responsibility for the integration, business development and operations of its international businesses.
From 2006 he was senior independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Carclo plc, a quoted small cap company, before joining Southern Water Services Limited as a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Review Committee in 2015.
Chief Executive Officer
Ian joined Southern Water as CEO in January 2017 and was appointed to the Board from 1 February.
Ian has more than 30 years of global water and environmental experience and a significant record of achievement operating in both publicly quoted FTSE 100/250 companies and privately held enterprises.
Ian holds an honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Chartered Member of the ICE, CIWEM.
Throughout his career he has managed major utility, construction and consulting businesses in the UK, Belgium, India and the USA. He has enhanced this practical experience with professional executive education, most notably at Harvard Business School. He has extensive experience in the UK regulated utility, construction and environmental services sectors, holding board positions across a broad range of commercial and statutory organisations.
In his previous role he served as an executive director of the Pennon Group plc and chief executive of its subsidiary company, Viridor, one of the largest renewable energy and recycling companies in the UK.
In a non-executive capacity, he serves as an independently appointed member of Greater Manchester Authorities Low Carbon Hub Board and Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Change Board. He has also provided expert input to Government Review Groups and Industry Partnerships with particular emphasis on the UK skills agenda and development of future smarter regulation and environmental policy.
Chief Financial Officer
William joined Southern Water in May 2016 from Thames Water, where he held the position of finance director for the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
William has a wealth of financial experience in the UK and overseas and has worked for companies including, KPMG, BG Group plc, Wolseley plc and Thames Water.
William is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales.
Senior independent non-executive director
Paul Sheffield joined the Board in June 2014.
In his executive career, he spent over 32 years with Kier Group plc — the construction, services and property group — serving as its chief executive officer between 2010 and 2014.
Between 2014 and 2017 he headed up the construction operations for the European and Middle Eastern business for Laing O’Rourke Services, delivering some of the biggest capital projects under way in the region today.
Graduating as a Civil Engineer in 1983, Paul spent 15 years working on major capital projects around the world and has over 19 years of board level experience, where he has gained significant exposure and experience of strategy, productivity and efficiency – key facets of any successful organisation.
Independent non-executive director
Rosemary Boot joined the Board in March 2015.
In March 2017 she was appointed as a non-executive director of Impact Healthcare REIT plc, a UK care home real estate investment trust that recently undertook a £160 million IPO and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Previously Rosemary was the chief financial officer of Future Cities Catapult, one of a network of technology and innovation centres established by the UK Government. She has also worked at Circle Housing Group and was involved in setting up the government-owned Low Carbon Contracts Company and Electricity Settlements Company.
From 2001 to 2011 she was group finance director of the Carbon Trust, the independent company set up in 2001 to work with business and the public sector to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. Prior to that, she worked for 16 years as an investment banker, primarily advising large listed UK companies on mergers and acquisitions.
Rosemary is also a Governor of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, the higher education institution for the performing arts, and a Trustee of Green Alliance, the environmental think tank.
Independent non-executive director
Appointed in April 2015, Lisa has a real passion for customers and a strong track record of delivering customer experience improvement in a variety of transformation and operational roles.
Up to May 2017, Lisa was the chief customer officer of British Telecom. Before BT, Lisa spent 11 years with Accenture, specialising in customer service consulting and delivering big transformation projects for companies such as Microsoft, Compaq, Vodafone and Sainsbury’s. She also served as a non-executive director for the NHS West London Mental Health Trust.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her young family.
Mark Walters joined the Board in March 2014 having previously held shareholder representative positions within the wider Southern Water group over the past five years.
A seasoned investment professional, he is an executive director and asset manager with the JP Morgan Infrastructure Investments Group, based in London, and is responsible for principle investment activity across Europe.
Mark holds board appointments across a number of JP 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 JP Morgan, Mark held investment and advisory positions at Macquarie Bank, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen, where he started his career. Mark is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the ICAEW.
A qualified solicitor, Joanne has worked for Southern Water since 1997.
She became Company Secretary of both Southern Water and the Greensands companies in 2015, supporting and advising both boards and businesses.