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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, Bill TameBill Tame


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 FTSE100 chemicals company, both in the UK and overseas operating as CFO 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 FTSE100. 

Following the acquisition by Babcock of the international aviation services business, Avincis, in 2014, Bill assumed the role of CEO 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.


Southern Water Chief Executive Officer, Matthew WrightIan McAulay

Chief Executive Officer

Ian joined in January 2017. He has more than thirty 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. 

He 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 USA affording the opportunity to develop an enviable knowledge base and broad business perspective. He has enhanced this practical experience with professional executive education, most notably at Harvard Business School.

He has particularly 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 the Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Change Board and is a member of the CBI Infrastructure 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 LambeWilliam Lambe

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.


Non-executive Director, Paul SheffieldPaul Sheffield

Independent Non-executive Director

Paul Sheffield joined the Board in June 2014. In addition to this role he is currently Managing Director of the Northern Hub for Laing O'Rourke - the Engineering and Construction Enterprise.

In his career Paul enjoyed over 30 years with Kier Group Plc, the Construction, Property and Services business starting as a graduate Civil Engineer in 1983.  He spent 15 years working on a series of significant infrastructure projects around the world and then led a number of the company’s business units in the UK.

In 2005, he joined the Kier Group Board, with responsibility for the £1.5 billion per annum construction division, and was appointed CEO at the start of 2010, stepping down in June 2014 having overseen a significant restructuring of the business and significant growth.  Following that he took up a new role with Laing O'Rourke to lead the expansion of their activities across the UK, Middle East and Canada.

Paul has a wealth of knowledge about the construction and maintenance of infrastructure assets and the delivery of major programmes of capital works.


Independent Non-executive Director, Rosemary BootRosemary Boot

Independent Non-executive Director

Rosemary Boot joined the Board in March 2015.

She is Chief Financial Officer of Future Cities Catapult, one of a network of technology and innovation centres established by the UK Government.

Previously she 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, Lisa HarringtonLisa Harrington

Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed in April 2015, Lisa is the Chief Customer Officer of British Telecom.

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. 

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.


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, Joanne StattonJoanne Statton

Company Secretary

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.

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