The Board of Yorkshire Water Services Ltd (Yorkshire Water or the Company) is accountable and responsible for the control of the business, its strategy and its decisions. The primary focus for the Board is to lead the development and delivery of the strategy to deliver the service and performance to meet the conflicting needs of customers, the environment, the business and shareholders.
Three bodies have direct responsibility for shaping the future of a company; its ultimate parent company (or shareholders) ("the Parent Company), the board of directors and the company's executive management.
Between the parent company and management is the board of directors.
Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water Chief Executive with effect from 1 April 2010.
Richard was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in September 2008. Richard was Director of the water business unit from 2003. Previously, he held a number of senior operational positions in the company.
He was appointed as group chief executive to the board of the parent company Kelda Holdings Limited in March 2010.
Anthony Rabin (interim Chairman)
Appointed to the Board as a non-executive director with effect from 1 August 2013 and to the role of Senior Independent Director on 25 March 2015. He was appointed as an independent non-executive director to the Kelda Holdings Board in July 2012.
Anthony has previously held roles at Balfour Beatty plc, including as executive director for 10 years, Chief Financial Officer for six years and Deputy Chief Executive for four years. He has held a number of previous executive roles within Coopers & Lybrand (Partner, Structured Finance Group), Morgan Grenfell & Co (Senior Assistant Director) and Arthur Andersen & Co (Tax Compliance and Consultancy).
He is chair of the Audit Committee, the Senior Independent Director and following Richard Parry-Jones’ resignation on 31 May 2016 he has agreed to perform the role of interim Chairman from 1 June 2016.
Liz Barber, Yorkshire Water Director of Finance & Regulation
Appointed as Yorkshire Water Director of Finance and Regulation on 24 November 2010, Liz Barber joined the company from Ernst & Young where she held a number of senior roles, including leading the firm's national water team and the assurance practice across the North of England.
She had been with Ernst & Young since 1987 and in that time worked with a number of water companies and the regulators in England, Wales and Scotland.
She was appointed as group finance and regulation director to the board of Kelda Holdings Limited in November 2010.
Nevil Muncaster, Director of Asset Management
Appointed as director of the asset delivery business unit on 29 May 2013 having joined the company on 13 May 2013. Nevil was previously with Veolia Water where he held the roles of managing director of Veolia Water South East (formerly known as Folkestone and Dover Water) and managing director for Veolia Water East (formerly Tendring Hundred Water).
He worked for Veolia Water for 19 years and is a civil engineer by training.
Charlie Haysom, Director of Production
Charlie was appointed as director of the asset delivery unit on 27 April 2011 and subsequently as director of the production business unit in March 2013 upon the retirement of Graham Dixon from the company.
Charlie's career with the company spans 32 years, during which time he has held a number of senior operational roles in water distribution, asset management, water production, regional operations control and capital programme delivery.
Appointed to the board as an independent non-executive director in October 2007. He sits on the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees and also on the Group’s Corporate Responsibility Committee.
Martin was appointed Chairman of the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in February 2014. From 1999 to 2006, he was Chief Executive of Yorkshire Forward having previously been Chief Executive of Bassetlaw District Council, North Nottinghamshire.
He was Chairman of Sheffield City Region and prepared the groundwork for the Local Economic Partnership; and was Chairman of NAMTEC (National Metals Technology Centre) and Chairman of the National Skills Academy (for Sport and Active Leisure) and has held non-executive roles with Gladedale Holdings, a national house building company; and The Adsetts Partnership, a social enterprise which provides support to local charitable organisations.
Appointed to the board as an independent non-executive director in June 2014 following a successful career in the Transport sector. He chairs the Remuneration Committee and also sits on the Audit and Nomination committees.
Ray stood down from the main board of National Express plc in 2010 after ten years as Group Chief Operating Officer and UK Chief Executive. At National Express's peak, he was responsible for a fleet of 20,000 buses and coaches, nine rail franchises and 40,000 staff, with operations in Spain, the USA, Canada and the UK. He started his non-executive career whilst at National Express as a member of the board of the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA). Since 2011, he has served as a non-executive director and member of the Safety Committee of the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).
Appointed to the board as an independent non-executive director in March 2008. She sits on the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees, and chairs the Yorkshire Water Community Trust.
She also sits on the Group’s Corporate Responsibility Committee. Kath has been a councillor with Kirklees Council since 1987 and held the post of Leader of the Council from 2000 to 2006. She is a member of the national Local Government Policy Forum and was both a board member of Yorkshire Forward from 2002 to 2012 and a member of the executive of Yorkshire & Humber Regional Assembly from 2000 to 2006.
Kath is a regional peer for the Local Government Improvement and Development Agency which involves working with councils and councillors to improve the quality of local government. She also has a non-executive role with CO2 Sense which is a community interest company charged with helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint.