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We have a new non-executive director 

3 August 2012

A new non-executive director has joined our board.

Fiona Reynolds

Dame Fiona Reynolds, DBE, who has been director-general at the National Trust for 12 years, was appointed by the board on Wednesday 1 August.

She will take over as chairman of our sustainability panel and stakeholder forum from environmental freelance writer and broadcaster Jonathon Porritt CBE who was on the board for seven years.

Our chairman Colin Skellett said: “Dame Fiona’s background and experience will be extremely valuable, particularly as Wessex Water prepares for the growing challenges of climate change and market reform.

“Jonathon has given great support to Wessex Water over many years and has been a first class member of the board helping the company to develop its industry-leading approach to sustainability.

“We are delighted to have an equally distinguished replacement.”

Dame Reynolds, who was appointed DBE in 2008 for services to heritage and conservation, is currently also a non-executive director on the BBC Executive Board, a board member of the Green Alliance and the Institute for European Environmental Policy and a member of the Department of Energy and Climate Change ministerial advisory panel for the Green Deal. Next year she will become Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Dame Reynolds, 54, who lives in Cirencester, said she was looking forward to being on the board.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining Wessex Water, which I have long admired as at the forefront of sustainable water management. 

“Water is our most precious resource and our water resources are under threat from climate change. This is a critical time to be joining the team, as new approaches to water management, up and downstream, begin to be pioneered.

“I look forward to the challenge and to picking up where Jonathan has left off.”

Dame Reynolds was previously director of the Cabinet Office women’s unit, assistant policy director at the Council for the Protection of Rural England and secretary for the Council for National Parks. Most recently, she was also a non-director on the Independent Forestry Advisory Panel whose report was widely welcomed this July. Her previous non-executive roles have been with Defra, the Farming and Food Policy Commission and the Commission on the future of Volunteering.

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