Board of Directors

The Board of Directors comprises four Non-executive Directors (including the Chairman) and two Executive Directors.

All of the Non-executive Directors are considered to have the appropriate skills, experience in their respective disciplines and personality to bring independent and objective judgement to the Board’s deliberations. Their biographies below demonstrate collectively a broad range of business, financial and other relevant experience.

There is a clear division of responsibilities between the roles of Chairman and the Group Chief Executive as recorded in the descriptions of the roles approved by the Board. All Directors are subject to re-election each year.

  • Sir John Parker - Chairman

    GBE, FREng, DSc (Eng), ScD (Hon), DSc (Hon), DUniv (Hon), FRINA

     

    Sir John was appointed to the Board as Deputy Chairman on 1 April 2015 and became Chairman on 1 August 2015. He is also chairman of the Nomination Committee.

     

    Sir John is recognised as a highly experienced and independent chairman and brings a wealth of leadership experience across a range of industries. He was previously the chairman of National Grid Plc, senior non-executive director and chair of the Court of the Bank of England, deputy chairman of DP World, joint chair of Mondi and chair of BVT and P&O Plc.

     

     

    External appointments

     

    Sir John is the chairman of Anglo American Plc. He is also a non-executive director of Carnival Corporation and Airbus Group. Sir John is a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford and was president of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2011 to 2014.

     

    Sir John’s significant commitments in the year have reduced with his stepping down as deputy chairman of DP World in July 2015.

  • Christopher Loughlin - Group Chief Executive Officer

    BSc Hons, MICE, CEng, MBA

     

    Chris was appointed to the Board on 1 August 2006 upon joining Pennon Group as Chief Executive of South West Water. He became the Group Chief Executive on 1 January 2016. Chris is chairman of the Pennon Executive Management Board and a member of the Sustainability Committee.

     

    Chris was previously chief operating officer with Lloyds Register and earlier in his career was an executive director of British Nuclear Fuels Plc and executive chairman of Magnox Electric Plc. He was also a senior diplomat in the British Embassy, Tokyo. Chris started his career as a chartered engineer working in both the consulting and contracting sectors and subsequently held a number of senior positions with British Nuclear Fuels. Between April 2008 and March 2012 he was chairman of Water UK.

     

    External appointments

     

    Currently Chris is vice chairman of the Cornwall Local Enterprise Partnership and a trustee and member of the audit committee of WaterAid. He is a board member (and past president) of the Institute of Water.

  • Susan Davy - Chief Financial Officer

    BSc Hons, ACA

     

    Susan joined the Board on 1 February 2015. She is a member of the Pennon Executive Management Board. Susan is a graduate qualified chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience in the utility sector.

     

    Susan was previously finance and regulatory director of South West Water, a position to which she was appointed in August 2007. Prior to joining Pennon Group she held a number of senior posts with Yorkshire Water including head of regulation and head of finance in its Waste Water Unit and was head of finance for Brey Utilities, a joint venture company owned by Yorkshire Water and Earthtech Engineering Limited.

     

    External appointments

     

    Susan is a council member of CBI South West.

  • Martin Angle - Independent Non-executive Director

    BSc Hons, FCA, MCSI

     

    Martin was appointed to the Board on 1 December 2008. He is chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit, Nomination and Sustainability Committees.

     

    Formerly, Martin had senior positions with Terra Firma Capital Partners and various of its portfolio companies, including the executive chairmanship of Waste Recycling Group Limited. Before that he was the group finance director of TI Group Plc having previously held a number of senior investment banking positions with SG Warburg & Co. Ltd, Morgan Stanley and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

     

    During the year, having completed his full terms of office, he retired from the boards of OAO Severstal, Shuaa Capital psc and the National Exhibition Group where he was chairman.

     

    External appointments

     

    Martin is currently the senior independent director at Savills Plc, the vice chairman and non-executive director of the FIA Foundation, and the adviser to the board of the Commercial Bank of Dubai.

  • Neil Cooper - Independent Non-executive Director

    BSc Hons, FCMA

     

    Neil joined the Board on 1 September 2014. He is chairman of the Audit Committee and is currently a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

     

    Neil was previously group finance director of Barratt Developments Plc. Before that he was group finance director of William Hill Plc. He also held senior finance positions at Bovis Homes Plc and Whitbread Plc, worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant and held a number of roles with Reckitt & Colman Plc.

     

     

  • Gill Rider - Senior Independent Director (Non-executive)

    CB, PhD, CCIPD

     

    Gill was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2012. She is chairman of the Sustainability Committee and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

     

    Formerly, Gill was head of the Civil Service Capability Group in the Cabinet Office reporting to the Cabinet Secretary and prior to that held a number of senior positions with Accenture LLP culminating in the post of chief leadership officer for the global firm. She was previously president of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a non-executive director of De La Rue Plc.

     

    External appointments

     

    Gill currently holds non-executive directorships with Charles Taylor Plc, where she is senior independent director, and Intertek Group Plc. She is chairman of both their remuneration committees. She is also chair of the council (board) of the University of Southampton.

  • Helen Barrett-Hague - Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

    Solicitor, LLB Hons

     

    Helen joined Pennon Group as Group General Counsel & Company Secretary to the Board in March 2016.

     

    She began her career in private practice before moving in-house in 1999. Helen subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility with the Generics Group AG, Aveva Group Plc and Alent Plc. She has worked both in the UK and overseas and has extensive corporate experience, including capital raisings, initial public offerings, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions. She has previously held a number of non-executive directorships.