Posted: Wednesday 4th November 2009

Simon Cocks has joined Severn Trent Water’s management team as Waste Water Services Director, based at the company’s current Coventry Road, Birmingham, offices.

Originally an electrical engineer, Simon’s most recent role was that of Chief Procurement Officer for National Grid. He joined the organisation in 2001 and held a variety of roles including that of Operational Planning Manager, Commercial Director and heading up a new business start-up.

In his earlier career, Simon worked for Plessey (in military communications), GEC and London Electricity.

“I have joined Severn Trent Water at an extremely exciting and challenging time,” says Simon, who lives in Solihull, West Midlands. “We are working towards achieving world-class safety performance, at the same time as driving through our key change programmes which cover the introduction of SAP, a move to a new central office in Coventry, and a company-wide business improvement programme which is all about how we can deliver our day-to-day activities ‘safer, better, faster’.

“We also have the challenge of obtaining the best possible outcome from the current regulatory determination process, and ensuring that we deliver the company’s goals of delivering the highest standards of customer service, with the lowest charges, with great people..

“Within Waste Water Services, we are working on creating a clear vision and operating plan in support of these objectives.”

Simon is also keen to take the opportunity of positioning the company as an exciting, interesting place to work, particularly in the sphere of engineering. “Severn Trent Water provides really effective solutions to complex engineering, commercial and operation challenges. We need to create a shop window that shows that demonstrates how rewarding it is for prospective employees to build a career in this environment, and encourages other companies to work collaboratively with us as part of our supply chain,” he says.

In addition to his waste water services responsibilities, Simon has also been appointed as Severn Trent’s CBI counsellor for the region, and sits on the Special Olympics GB Development Committee.

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