• Dipesh J Shah OBE

    Non-Executive Chair

    Biography

    • Appointed Non-Executive Chair September 2020
    • Chairman of Investment Committees for the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure, and for Marguerite II Fund. Non-Executive Board Director at Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., Trustee of British Youth Opera and Governor at Merchant Taylors’ School
    • Career in both public and private sectors. Formerly CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and of large businesses in BP. A former Chairman of, among others, a FTSE-listed power utility, the European industry association for solar, a housing association and a private equity fund for renewables. Also served on the Boards of Babcock International Group Plc, Lloyd’s of London, The Crown Estate, and Thames Water. A former member of the Government’s Renewable Energy Advisory Committee
    • Graduate of the Universities of London and Warwick, and the Harvard Business School management programme
  • Nick Harris

    Acting Chief Executive

    Biography

    • Appointed February 2021, previously Executive Director, Operations from September 2016
    • Career includes senior operational roles in water utilities across the UK and overseas.
    • Qualifications include CEng (Chartered Engineer), MICE (Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers)
  • Vanessa Howlison

    Chief Financial Officer

    Biography

    • Appointed Chief Financial Officer June 2016
    • Career includes a number of finance director roles in government departments, including Department for Transport, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Ofsted
    • Previous finance roles in the NHS, the Audit Commission
    • Currently an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee at the regulator Ofwat, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Institute Council
    • CIPFA membership
  • Carolyn Battersby

    Non-Executive Director

    Biography

    • The Department for Transport appointed Shareholder Representative from February 2019
    • Executive Director at UK Government Investments (the government’s centre of excellence in corporate finance and governance), which she joined in 2011
    • Career in corporate finance and strategy, with roles at Tesco, The Prince’s Trust, Schroders and Permira
    • Qualifications include an MChem (Master of Chemistry) degree
  • Roger Lowe

    Non-Executive Director

    Biography

    • Re-appointed Senior Non-Executive Director February 2019, having previously been the Department for Transport appointed Non-Executive Shareholder Representative from July 2016
    • Currently a partner with Capstar Advisers. From May 2010 to February 2019, Roger was a director at UK Government Investments
    • Career in corporate finance, specialising in acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and restructurings, with roles in industry, including Group Director of Corporate Finance at TI Group plc; and Investment Banking at Lazard, including two years on secondment to Lazard Frères in New York
  • Kathryn Cearns OBE

    Non-Executive Director

    Biography

    Chair, Audit and Risk Committee 

    • Appointed Non-Executive Director April 2018
    • Member of Department for Transport’s Group Audit and Risk Committee, Chair of the Office of Tax Simplification, Member of the International Monetary Fund External Audit Committee, and a non-executive board member and Audit Committee member at Companies House
    • Previous chair roles at the Financial Reporting Advisory Board, HM Treasury and the ICAEW Financial Reporting Committee
    • Non-Executive Board member at Companies House, Non-Executive Director at Crossrail and Non-Executive Board member of the UK Supreme Court. Trustee for Royal British Legion Industries and The Royal Mencap Society
    • Financial Conduct Authority and Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants membership
  • Alan Cumming

    Non-Executive Director

    Biography

    Chair, Safety Committee

    • Appointed Non-Executive Director September 2017
    • Director of Nuclear Operations at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and appointed the NDA-nominated Non-Executive Director at Sellafield Ltd in April 2018
    • Career within engineering and energy with roles at Viridor, EDF and British Energy
    • Qualifications include CEng, MIStructE (Chartered Structural Engineer) and an MBA
  • Janette Beinart

    Non-Executive Director

    Biography

    Chair, Investment Committee 

    • Appointed Non-Executive Director January 2019
    • Career in Information Technology having had a long international career working for Shell culminating as Global Upstream Chief Information Officer
    • Further experienced in the savings and investment business as interim Group Chief Information Officer for M&G Prudential
    • Qualifications include a BA (Econ) degree