Board members

Board members

An effective Board is in place, whose major role is to promote the long-term success of the Company by creating value for the Company’s shareholders and providing an efficient, sustainable service to our customers and stakeholders.

In order to achieve this, the Board meets regularly to provide leadership, set strategic direction and objectives and ensure that appropriate financial and other resources are made available to enable the Company to meet those objectives. One meeting is set aside each year to enable the Board to focus on the strategic direction and objectives of the Company in particular. The Board oversees the work of the Audit Committee in drawing up and maintaining a framework of controls that assess and manage risks to the business.

Non-executive directors

Niall Mills is Head of Infrastructure Asset Management, Europe for First State Investments (UK). He is also a director of Anglian Water Group and has more than 20 years of infrastructure experience across a variety of sectors. Niall has Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration from the London Business School and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has a Diploma in Company Directorship from the Institute of Directors.

Mike Nagle was the Group Company Secretary & Solicitor of SEEBOARD plc and Senior Vice President, Legal Services at Metronet Rail.  Having now retired as a solicitor, Mike is also a non-executive director on the Boards of Greensands Holdings Limited (the parent company of Southern Water) and Zephyr Investments Limited.

Hamish Lea-Wilson is employed by First State Investments Management (UK) Limited where he is a Director in the Direct Infrastructure Investment business. Hamish is also a director of several other fund investments across Europe including New Finerge SA (Portuguese operator of wind farms with gross installed capacity of 843MW) and HH Ferries AB (high frequency ferry route operator operating between Denmark and Sweden). He is holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Economics degree from Durham University.

Rob Holden combines a portfolio of Non-Executive Directorships with consultancy roles.  He has undertaken assignments in the UK on HS1, HS2, Thames Tideway Tunnel, the Type 26 Frigate and the QE Carrier programmes. Overseas Rob has worked in the USA on High Speed Rail projects and in Australia on a regional rail project. He is also a member of PwC's Infrastructure Advisory Panel.

John Lynch is an investment principal in the Infrastructure Investments Fund of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, based in London. Prior to joining the firm, John had a twenty year global career in investment banking, including the role of head of EMEA Power at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he led the bank’s advisory and lending efforts in utilities, conventional power generation, renewables and energy/utility related infrastructure.  He is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland. John graduated from Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

John Roberts was Chief Executive of United Utilities plc from 1999 to 2006. John has a wealth of experience and knowledge, particularly in the utilities sector, having also been Chief Executive of Manweb in 1995. He has also sat on Ofgem’s Environmental Advisory Panel and has chaired the North West Energy Council.

Chris Dowling was, until December 2013, Chairman of Challenger - Europe with particular responsibility for Challenger's European Infrastructure investments. Prior to that he was Managing Partner of Rutland Partners LLP, the Private Equity fund, and a founding director of Rutland Trust PLC. Chris has a degree in Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP).

Executive directors

Peter Emery joined the company in 2016 from Drax Group plc where he was the Group Operations Director and an Executive Director on the Group Board. Peter was also Chairman of Capture Power, the Drax Joint Venture with Alstom and Linde established to develop the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage Project in conjunction with National Grid. He had previously been with ExxonMobil as Operations Manager at Fawley Refinery and a member of the ExxonMobil European Leadership Team for Refining and Supply, following a 20 year career in strategic planning, refining and supply in the UK and the USA.  He is currently a Non-Executive Director of N.G. Bailey Group Limited, a Board member of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a member of the Sheffield University Energy 2050 Industrial Advisory Board.

David Brocksom joined the company as interim Chief Financial Officer in September 2013 and served until January 2015.  He rejoined the Company in May 2015 and became a Director in October 2015.  Previously he has held a number of Chief Financial Officer roles including at UK Coal plc and Pace plc.  He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales qualifying with Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ‘PwC’) and holds an MA from Cambridge University.