Board of directors
Francis Yeoh - Non-Executive Chairman
Managing director of YTL Corporation Berhad, Malaysia since 1988. A founder member of the Malaysia Business Council, member of Malaysia’s Capital Markets Advisory Council and Independent Non-Executive Director of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.
Director since May 2002.
Colin Skellett - Chief Executive
A chartered chemist and engineer by training, he has been working in the water industry for more than 40 years, holding a number of positions in the management and control of both water supply and sewage treatment.
He joined Wessex Water in 1974 and was appointed its Chief Executive in 1988. Colin oversaw the move from the public to the private sector and the transformation of Wessex Water into a highly rated UK plc. He is Chairman of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.
Mark Watts - Director of Finance and Treasurer
A qualified treasurer Mark spent eight years in international banking before joining the treasury department of Wessex Water in 1991. He was appointed Treasury Manager in 1994 before becoming Treasurer in 1999 shortly after the acquisition of Wessex Water by Enron.
Mark is highly experienced in raising finance, from both the capital markets and the banking sector, as well as having a long history in dealing with various corporate finance issues. He was appointed Finance Director and Treasurer on 16 March 2010.
David Barclay - Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
More than 20 years' experience as an investment banker, including Head of Corporate Finance at NatWest Markets and Head of European Corporate Finance at Dresdner Kleinwort, where he was Vice- Chairman. Has served on the Audit Committees of two listed companies (VT Plc, the support services company, and Gartmore Limited, the fund manager).
Also currently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of John Lewis Partnership Plc, Senior Independent Director at Wates Group and a member of the Board of the British Library, serving on the Audit Committees of each of these organisations. Appointed to the Wessex Water Board in November 2005 and is Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Gillian Camm - Independent Non-Executive Director
Senior Independent Director at ROK Plc for eight years to 2010, and Council Member of the General Medical Council for five years to 2008. Formerly Business Transformation Director at Clerical Medical Investment Group and a Partner in Hay Management Consultants.
Currently Chair of the Board of Governors – University of the West of England, Deputy Lieutenant Gloucestershire, Vice President Quartet Community Foundation, Chair Wycliffe College, member Society of Merchant Venturers, Non-Executive Director of law firm Capsticks. Appointed to the Wessex Water Board in November 2011 and Chair of the Customer and Communities Panel.
Peter Costain - Independent Non-Executive Director
With a background in construction and a chartered accountant he was Deputy Chairman of Costain Group Plc 1995-1997, Chief Executive 1980-1995 and Joint Chairman of Trans Manche Link 1988-1992, Anglo French consortium who built the Channel Tunnel. Chaired the Board Audit and Compliance Committee of AMP (UK) Plc (which included Pearl Assurance, NPI, London Life and HHG Plc (now Hendersons)) for three years to 2005 having previously been a member of that committee. Appointed to the Wessex Water Board in 1999 and is Chairman of the Pensions Committee.
Fiona Reynolds DBE - Independent Non-Executive Director
Director General of the National Trust for eleven years to 2012, and a member of several Government advisory panels since the 1990’s. Eleven years Assistant Director and then Director with the Council for the Protection of Rural England. Currently Senior Independent Director of the Executive Board of the BBC and board member of the Green Alliance.
Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge from October 2013. Appointed to the Wessex Water Board in August 2012 and Chair of the Sustainability Panel.
Hong Yeoh - Non-Executive Director
Director of YTL Corporation Berhad, Malaysia since 1985, Executive Director of YTL Power International Berhad. Responsible for YTL Group’s utilities and construction divisions. Director since May 2002. Chairman of Remuneration Committee.
Mark Yeoh - Non-Executive Director
Executive Director responsible for the YTL hotels and resorts division. He graduated from King’s College, University of London with an LLB (Hons) and was subsequently called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn, London in 1988.
He joined the YTL Group in 1989 and serves on the Board of YTL Corporation Berhad, YTL Power International Berhad, YTL Land & Development Berhad, YTL Cement Berhad, YTL Vacation Club Berhad and Wessex Water Limited. Director since July 2003.
Kathleen Chew - Non-Executive Director
Group Legal Adviser for the YTL Corporation Group. She holds a LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Birmingham and was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn, London in 1982.
She joined YTL Corporation Berhad in 1988 to set up its legal department after being in practice at the Malaysian Bar for five years. Prior to joining the YTL Group, she was a partner in the law firm of Abdul Aziz Ong and Co in Kuala Lumpur from May 1987 to January 1988.
Hann Yeoh - Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water since July 2012. Executive Director of YTL Power Generation Sdn Bhd and part of the business development team of YTL Power International Berhad.
Huw Davies - Independent Non-Executive Director
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the Wates Group for the last 10 years, Huw was previously Head of Corporate Finance at Taylor Woodrow plc. He has also held key positions with KPMG, Ernst and Young and the Government of Oman. Formerly an Independent Non-Executive Director of West Bromwich Building Society and WSP plc.
Chairman of Business in the Community South-East Advisory Board and a Trustee of the children's communication charity I CAN. Appointed to the Wessex Water Board in September 2014 and is a member of the Audit Committee.