Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Alastair Lyons


Chairman (Age 63 as of 7th July 2017)
In post since: May 2016

Alastair has over 25 years’ experience in the finance sector. During an extensive executive career, he was Chief Executive Officer of the National Provident Institution and the National & Provincial Building Society, Managing Director of the Insurance Division of Abbey National plc, and Director of Corporate Projects at National Westminster Bank plc.

Current other non-executive roles
He is Deputy Chairman of Bovis Homes Group plc.

Previous non-executive positions
Alastair previously served as Chairman of Admiral plc, Chairman of Towergate Insurance, Chairman of Serco, the international services group, and Senior Independent Director at Phoenix, the life assurance consolidator. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of both the Department for Transport and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Committee membership
Member of the Quality and Environment Committee, Finance Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee.


Menna Richards


Senior Independent Director (age 64 as of 7th July 2017)
Joined: November 2010
In post since: July 2014

Menna’s executive career was in broadcasting as Director BBC Cymru Wales (2000—2011) and previously Managing Director, HTV Wales. She was awarded the OBE for services to broadcasting in 2010.

Current other non-executive positions
Non-Executive Director of Welsh National Opera. Chair of the ALOUD charity. Vice President of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Previous non-executive positions
Chair of Governors of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Board member of the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, Non- Executive Director, Principality Building Society.

Committee membership
Member of the Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee.


Chris Jones


Chief Executive (Age 53 as of 7th July 2017)
In post since: September 2013

Chris became Chief Executive in September 2013 having previously been Finance Director of Welsh Water since May 2001 and Glas Cymru since April 2000. He has also previously served as Director of Regulation of Welsh Water and South Wales Electricity plc. Before joining Welsh Water in 1995, he was a Director at National Economic Research Associates and, prior to that, worked for HM Treasury.

Current other non-executive positions
Deputy Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Cymru Advisory Council since 2009.

Previous non-executive positions
Non-Executive Director of the Principality Building Society. Trustee of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

Committee membership
Member of the Nominations Committee, Finance Committe and Quality and Environment Committee.


Peter Bridgewater


Finance Director (Age 54 as of 7th July 2017)
In post since: September 2014

Peter joined Welsh Water in September 2014 with 15 years of experience in both Finance and Managing Director roles across the energy and water sectors, in the UK and overseas. Peter has been an Executive Director with E.ON and with Sembcorp Industries in regulated utilities and competitive industries, as well as a pension fund trustee. Prior to joining the energy industry in 1994 Peter was a chartered accountant and management consultant with PwC.

Current other Non-Executive positions
Non-Executive Director of Ebico Limited (a not for profit gas and electricity provider).


Peter Perry


Managing Director, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (Age 55 as of 7th July 2017)
In post since: July 2006

Peter was appointed Managing Director of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water in October 2017 after four years as Chief Operating Officer. Appointed Operations Director of Welsh Water in July 2006, Peter has a civil engineering background and was formerly the Chief Operating Officer for United Utilities Operational Services (UUOS ), having previously been the Operations Director for UUOS with responsibility for the operational contract with Welsh Water and UUOS ’s water interests in Scotland and Ireland. Prior to joining UUOS he worked for Welsh Water for over 20 years.

Previous non-Exec positions
He was a Director (representing Wales) at The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme, the national body specifying standards for materials and workmanship used in potable water supply.

Committee membership
Member of Quality and Environment Committee.


Graham Edwards


Non-executive Director (Age 63 as of 7th July 2017)
Joined: October 2013

Graham is currently Chief Executive Officer of Wales & West Utilities. He has significant senior management experience in the utility sector running electricity distribution and water businesses with South Wales Electricity, Hyder and Thames Water. Prior to working in utilities he held senior positions in various functions across a wide range of manufacturing businesses including Engineering, Production and Human Resources. Graham has an MBA from Cardiff Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Current other Non-Executive positions
Board member of University of South Wales.

Previous Non-Executive positions
Previous Chair of CBI Wales and Business in the Community Wales and Non-Executive Director of the Royal College of Music and Drama.

Committee membership
Member of the Audit Committee and the Quality and Environment Committee.


Jo Kenrick


Non-executive Director (Age 50 as of 7th July 2017)
Joined: November 2015

Joanne was the Marketing Director for Homebase until the end of 2015. Prior to that, Joanne was CEO of Start, setting up and running HRH the Prince of Wales’ public facing initiative for a more sustainable future. Former roles include Marketing and Customer Proposition Director for B&Q, Marketing Director for the National Lottery, and Group Sales and Marketing Director at Wilson Connolly. She has also worked for Woolworths, Asda, Pepsico and Masterfoods. Joanne has a degree in Law from Nottingham University, and whilst at college she was one of the first women ever trained to fly by the RAF.

Current positions
She is also a Non Exec Director at Coventry Building Society, BACS Payment Services Limited, Safestore, the UK’s largest self-storage business and Chairman of trustees of the children’s charity Make Some Noise.

Previous positions
Joanne was a Non-Executive Director at Principality Building Society for 7 years.

Committee membership
Member of the Audit Committee and the Quality and Environment Committee.


Anna Walker


Non-executive Director (age 66 as of 7th July 2017)
Joined: March 2011

Anna has a wealth of experience in regulation, customer service, policy making and working with governments. Anna undertook an independent review for government in 2008 into household water charging. Former roles include Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission (2004- 2009), Director General, Land Use and Rural Affairs at DEFRA , Director General, Energy Group at DTI , and Deputy Director General at Oftel, the telecoms sector regulator.

Current other Non-Executive positions
Anna, who was given a CB in 2003 for public service, is Chair of the charity Young Epilepsy, a member of the Council of Which? and a trustee of Women in Rail, a charity supporting women in the rail sector.

Previous Non-Executive positions
Anna was Chair of the Office of Rail Regulation from 2009-2015 and a former Vice Chair of Consumer Focus, the statutory consumer champion body.

Committee membership
Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee.


John Warren


Non-executive Director (age 64 as of 7th July 2017)
Joined: May 2012

John is a qualified accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in finance roles and has extensive experience in chairing Audit Committees of major UK listed companies. Until his retirement in 2005, he was Group Finance Director for WH Smith PLC and, before that, United Biscuits (Holdings) Plc.

Current other non-executive positions
He is currently a Non— Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Greencore Group plc, 4imprint Group plc and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Previous non-executive positions
John has been Non- Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the following companies: Spectris plc, Rexam Plc, Bovis Homes Group PLC, Rank Group Plc, Uniq Plc, Arla Foods UK plc, BPP Holdings plc.

Committee membership
Chair of the Audit and Finance Committees and member of the Remuneration Committee.


Professor Tom Crick


Non-Executive Director (Age 36 as of October 2017)
Joined: October 2017

Tom is Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy at Swansea University, with his academic interests sitting at the research/policy interface, solving data-driven and computationally-intensive problems across a range of domains. He has advised the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales and is currently an expert adviser to the Welsh Government, as well as Chair of the National Network for Excellence in Science & Technology. Tom was appointed MBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education.

Current other Board roles
Independent Member of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Vice-President/Trustee of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Committee membership
Member of the Quality and Environment Committee.