Chris Loughlin appointed Deputy Chair of British Water

Posted: Thursday 14th July 2016

Chris Loughlin, Group Chief Executive of the Pennon Group Plc, owner of South West Water and Viridor, will take up the position of Deputy Chair of British Water from January 2017. Mr Loughlin joined the board of the trade association as a non-executive director recently.

Speaking at British Water's annual general meeting in London on 15th June, British Water Chairman Tony Williams said: "We are absolutely delighted that Chris Loughlin has agreed to take up the position of Deputy Chair of the board at British Water. His insight and expertise are already proving to be an enormous asset to the association.

"I look forward to working closely with Chris to ensure the voice of the water industry supply chain is heard at governmental level, by regulators and, most importantly, by customers. Chris Loughlin's experience will be invaluable as British Water continues to strengthen relationships across the industry and to the benefit of our members."

Mr Loughlin began his career as a chartered civil engineer working in contracting and consulting. He was formerly Chief Operating Officer for Lloyd's Register, executive director of British Nuclear Fuels and Executive Chairman of Magnox Electric. He was also a senior diplomat in the British Embassy in Tokyo.

A former chairman of Water UK, Chris Loughlin is past President of the Institute of Water and is on the Board of Trustees for WaterAid and a member of the charity's audit committee. He is Vice Chairman of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

Mr Loughlin said: "Having joined the Board in May, I am very pleased to take up the role of Deputy Chairman at this exciting time of change in the industry. In representing the views of its members, British Water creates a focus for water expertise and plays a significant role in shaping the policies of the future.

"Water is at the heart of dynamic global issues including climate change and urbanisation, which makes developing the role of British Water more important than ever for the water and environment sector."

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