Dr John McAdam (66)

Chairman

Responsibilities: Is responsible for the leadership of the board, setting its agenda and ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Chemical Physics, Diploma Advanced Studies in Science, PhD.

Appointment to the board: Appointed as a non-executive director in February 2008 and as Chairman in July 2008.

Committee membership: Nomination (chair).

Current directorships/business interests: Chairman of Rentokil Initial plc, senior independent director of J Sainsbury plc and a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc. He is also Chairman and a director of United Utilities Water PLC.

Career experience: Appointed to the board of ICI plc in 1999 and became chief executive in 2003, a position held until ICI's takeover by Akzo Nobel. There have been no changes to John's directorships during the year ended 31 March 2014.

Skills and experience: With over 15 years' service as a board director in a wide range of companies, and as a current non-executive director serving on a number of other boards, John has a wealth of experience on which to draw in his role as Chairman and leader of the board.

Independence: John met the Code's independence criteria at the time of his initial appointment to the board in February 2008.

 

 

Steve Mogford (57)

Chief Executive Officer

Responsibilities: To manage the group's business and to implement the strategy and policy approved by the board.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Astrophysics/Maths/Physics.

Appointment to the board: January 2011.

Committee membership: Corporate responsibility.

Current directorships/business interests: Senior independent director of Carillion PLC, vice-president of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is also Chief Executive Officer and a director of United Utilities Water PLC.

Career experience: Previously chief executive of SELEX Galileo, the defence electronics company owned by Italian aerospace and defence organisation Finmeccanica. Previously chief operating officer at BAE Systems PLC, and a member of its PLC board, he spent his earlier career with British Aerospace PLC.

Skills and experience: Steve's experience of the highly competitive defence market and complex design, manufacturing and support programmes has brought renewed focus to customer service and operational performance at United Utilities, and his perspective of the construction and infrastructure sector provides valuable experience relating to United Utilities' capital investment programme.

 

 

Dr Catherine Bell (63)

Independent non-executive director

Qualifications: MA Geography, PhD Economic History.

Appointment to the board: March 2007.

Committee membership: Nomination, audit, remuneration and corporate responsibility (chair).

Current directorships/business interests: Non-executive director and executive board member of the Department of Health and a non-executive director of National Grid Gas plc and National Grid Electricity Transmission plc. She is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water PLC.

Career experience: Formerly a non-executive director of the Civil Aviation Authority and prior to that a former civil servant and acting permanent secretary at the Department for Trade and Industry. Previously a non-executive director of Ensus Limited and Swiss Re GB Plc.

Skills and experience: Catherine's civil service background and understanding of the operation of government departments and utility regulation is particularly valued given the regulated framework within which the business operates.

 

 

Mark Clare (56)

Independent non-executive director

Qualifications: Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA).

Appointment to the board: November 2013.

Committee membership: Nomination, audit.

Current directorships/business interests: Group chief executive at Barratt Developments plc. He is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water PLC.

Career experience: Mark has been group chief executive at Barratt Developments plc since October 2006 and is also a trustee of the Building Research Establishment and the UK Green Building Council. Prior to joining Barratt, he was an executive director of Centrica plc and held a number of senior roles both within Centrica plc and British Gas. Mark has also been a non-executive director of BAA plc, the airports operator.

Skills and experience: As the CEO of a listed company, Mark brings additional current operational experience to the board. His time at British Gas and BAA means he has a strong background operating in a regulated environment which will be invaluable as will his extensive knowledge of customer facing businesses which is particularly valuable as the industry prepares for increased competition and pursues its continuous drive to improve customer service. Lastly, his financial background is of great value as a member of the audit committee.

 

 

Russ Houlden (55)

Chief Financial Officer

Responsibilities: To manage the group's financial affairs and to contribute to the management of the group's business.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Management Sciences, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Appointment to the board: October 2010.

Committee membership: Treasury.

Current directorships/business interests: Russ is a Member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Orange Polska SA, a fixed and mobile telecommunications company listed on the Warsaw and London stock exchanges. He is a Member of the Main Committee and Chairman of the Financial Reporting Committee of the 100 Group. He is also chief financial officer and a director of United Utilities Water PLC.

Career experience: Chief financial officer at Telecom New Zealand. Previously finance director of Lovells, BT Wholesale, BT Networks and Information Services, ICI Polyurethanes and ICI Japan.

Skills and experience: Russ's experience in accounting, finance and treasury management in other competitive and regulated companies, along with his extensive experience of driving performance improvement and managing large capital expenditure programmes, provides the group with valuable expertise with regard to its drive for improvements in customer service, operations, capital expenditure and financing.

 

 

Brian May (50)

Independent non-executive director

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science, Chartered Accountant ACA.

Appointment to the board: September 2012.

Committee membership: Audit (chair), nomination, treasury (chair).

Current directorships/business interests: Finance director at Bunzl plc. He is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water PLC.

Career experience: Brian has been finance director at Bunzl plc since 2006 and prior to that held a number of senior finance roles within the company. Prior to joining Bunzl, Brian qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG.

Skills and experience: Brian joined Bunzl in 1993 as head of internal audit before becoming group treasurer, then finance director, Europe and Australasia, and is currently group finance director. Brian's background and the various finance roles that he has held are major assets to the board in chairing both the audit committee and the treasury committee.

 

 

Nick Salmon (61)

Senior independent non-executive director

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

Appointment to the board: April 2005.

Committee membership: Audit, nomination, remuneration and corporate responsibility.

Current directorships/business interests:Senior independent director of Asia Resource Minerals plc. He is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water PLC.

Career experience: Chief executive of Cookson Group plc until December 2012 when Cookson demerged to create two new listed companies, Vesuvius plc and Alent plc. Formerly executive vice-president of Alstom S.A. and of ABB Alstom Power and chief executive of Babcock International Group plc. Previous senior management positions held at GEC and GEC Alsthom in the UK and France and the China Light and Power Company, Hong Kong.

Skills and experience: As an experienced former CEO of two FTSE listed companies, Nick brings extensive executive experience to the board table. In addition, his considerable experience in the management of large capital construction projects supports the board's oversight of the capital investment programme.

 

 

Sara Weller (52)

Independent non-executive director

Qualifications: MA Chemistry.

Appointment to the board: March 2012.

Committee membership: Nomination and remuneration (chair).

Current directorships/business interests: Non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group plc and lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government. Sara is also a board member at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). She is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water PLC.

Career experience: Sara has wide-ranging business experience having worked for Mars, Abbey National and Sainsbury's and most recently as managing director of Argos from 2004 to 2011. She served as the senior independent director at Mitchells and Butlers from 2003 to 2006 and also chaired its remuneration committee from 2003 to 2010.

Skills and experience: Sara's experience of customer facing businesses, together with her knowledge of operating within a regulated environment, will be major assets to the board as the water industry prepares for the opening up of the sector to more competition and in improving customer service.

 

 

Paul Heiden retired from the board on 26 July 2013.