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  • Meet the board

    Our board of directors plays a key role in the running of Wessex Water Services Ltd. They have responsibility for providing leadership, setting strategy, reviewing management performance, ensuring we have the financial and human resources needed to achieve our objectives and ensuring that the company meets its obligations to stakeholders and shareholders.

    Our board is made up of executive directors and non-executive directors.  The executive directors have day-to-day management and operational responsibilities whereas the non-executive directors do not.  As well as shareholder non-executive directors, there are five independent non-executive directors who are appointed from diverse backgrounds, each bringing a breadth and depth of experience to the board.  The independent non-executive directors provide challenge and perspective, and are essential to securing strong board leadership and governance. 

  • Andy Pymer, Managing Director

    Andy Pymer As managing director, Andy is responsible for the overall performance of the company and for providing strategic advice and guidance to the board to ensure we fulfill our mission, aims and values.

    A chartered civil engineer turned economist, he has more than 25 years' experience in the water sector, holding roles both overseas and in the UK. Andy was appointed managing director in 2016 having previously been Wessex Water's director of regulation and customer services since 2012 and head of regulation, policy and audit since 2002. 

    Andy has significant senior management experience within the regulated utility sector. He has worked in a wide range of business areas including engineering, construction, finance, economic regulation, audit, environmental regulation, customer services, health and safety, information services and scientific services. He has significant experience of developing strong, strategic alliances with regulators, government bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders and working to establish collaborative, progressive relationships.
    His vision is of business as a force for good, making a wider positive contribution to society. 

    Andy was appointed to the board of Wessex Water Services in August 2012. He attends the audit committee, the corporate responsibility committee and the Futures panel. Co-chair of Wessex Water's joint venture billing company, Pelican Business Services, he is also a council member for the industry trade association, Water UK. He is chair of Wessex WaterAid, which has raised more than £1.5m for the charity over the past 10 years.

    He has an MA in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in public water supplies from Cranfield University. Qualified professionally as a chartered engineer, Andy was formerly a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is currently a member of the Institute of Directors.

    Colin Skellett, Group Chief Executive

    Colin Skellett Colin has worked in the water industry for over 40 years in a range of management positions. A scientist and engineer by training, Colin led Wessex Water through privatisation and was instrumental in creating the UK's best water and sewerage company.

    He was appointed chief executive of Wessex Water in 1988 and was appointed to the board of Wessex Water Services Limited in 1989. He is currently group chief executive of Wessex Water, chairman of The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel and Thermae Bath Spa, non-executive Chairman of European Connoisseurs Travel and chair of YTL Land and Property UK. Colin is vice-chair of Venturers' Educational Trust and chair of Merchants' Academy.

    He has had non-executive roles in rail, travel and international infrastructure businesses, served on the board of the South West Regional Development Agency and is involved with a number of charities. Colin is a former president of Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers and chair of the Initiative for Bath & North East Somerset. He was chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership from 2011 until early 2016.

    Colin was involved in the formation of the charity WaterAid and served on its council for several years. 

    A master of scientist (MSc) and a chartered chemist (CChem) Colin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a fellow of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

    James Rider, Chief Operating Officer

    James Rider As chief operating officer, James is responsible for the delivery of regulated operational activities including water supply, waste water, electrical and mechanical maintenance, capital maintenance and strategy, and control and scheduling activities.

    James has held a wide variety of senior roles at Wessex Water in a range of business areas, including operations, engineering, construction, information systems, billing, debt management and customer services.

    He describes himself as a generalist with leadership experience in a wide range of business disciplines and has developed successful strategies to deliver organisational change and operational performance.

    Appointed director of operations in 2015, James became chief operating officer in August 2016. He is also a trustee of the Wessex Water Pension Scheme.

    A  fellow of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, James completed an HNC in mechanical engineering following a technical mechanical and electrical apprenticeship. He studied further at the Open University for a technology degree.

    Mark Watts, Finance Director

    Mark Watts Mark is group finance director of YTL UK with overall responsibility for accounting, treasury, tax, pensions, procurement, risk and investment and unregulated businesses within the group.

    A member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, Mark has extensive experience in international banking, treasury, fund raising and corporate finance.

    He worked for a decade at Barclays International Bank before spending 19 years in the treasury department of Wessex Water followed by seven years as finance director.  

    He was appointed to the board of Wessex Water Services in March 2010 and is a trustee of the Wessex Water Pension Scheme. In addition, he holds a number of directorships within the YTL and Wessex Water companies in the UK but no external directorships outside the group.
  • Non-Executive Directors

  • Francis Yeoh, Non-Executive Chairman

    Francis Yeoh Francis has been managing director of YTL Corporation Berhad, Malaysia, since 1988. He was appointed to the board of Wessex Water Services Limited in May 2002. 

    He has been managing director of YTL Power since October 1996 when he was appointed to the board as an executive director. Under his stewardship, YTL Corporation Berhad Group has grown from a single listed company into a global integrated infrastructure developer encompassing multiple listed entities including YTL Corporation Berhad, YTL Power International Berhad, YTL Land & Development Berhad, YTL Hospitality REIT, and Starhill Global REIT.  

    A bachelor of science (Hons) degree in civil engineering, Francis was conferred an honorary doctorate of engineering in 2004. In July 2014, he was conferred an honorary degree of doctor of laws from the University of Nottingham.

    He is a founder member of the Malaysia Business Council, a member of Malaysia's Capital Markets Advisory Council and independent non-executive director of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. 

    Francis is a trustee of the YTL Foundation and a director of Suu Foundation, a humanitarian organisation committed to improving healthcare and education in Myanmar.

    David Barclay, Non-Executive Director

    David Barclay As an investment banker, David assisted YTL Corporation with its acquisition of Wessex Water in 2002, and since then has been a director of Wessex Water Services Limited.

    David has a degree in natural sciences and English, and an in-depth knowledge of corporate finance and corporate governance gained over 30 years in the city and the boardroom. He has held directorships in a wide variety of sectors in addition to utilities, including engineering, construction, retail and investment management.

    He began his career in the UK civil service, initially in the Department of the Environment, with secondments to a local authority and a Royal Commission. In 1983, he was appointed private secretary (Home Affairs) to the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In 1985, he moved to the city, where he spent 30 years in corporate finance, advising a wide range of companies and a number of governments. During the privatisation of the water sector, he was lead financial adviser to two water and sewerage companies. 

    David's experience covers both public and private sectors, across a range of governance and ownership models, including an employee-owned partnership, private companies, statutory bodies and UK listed companies.  His aim is to promote and defend high standards of integrity and corporate responsibility in the boardroom, and firmly believes that successful business can be a force for good in public life.

    As well as being a director of Wessex Water Services Limited, David is also a director of Wessex Water Limited, the holding company for Wessex Water Services, and YTL Land and Property Limited. A one-time chairman of the audit committee, he continues to serve as a member of the remuneration and nominations committees. David is currently deputy chairman of the British Library and a senior independent director of Wates Group Limited.

    Gillian Camm, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

    Gillian Camm Gillian has had a lifelong career in change management, ranging from the implementation of significant change programmes through to the coaching and development of senior leaders in a variety of sectors. She has worked with organisations to improve their diversity and has had significant involvement in the recruitment of both executive and non-executive directors.

    Appointed to the board of Wessex Water Services Limited in November 2011, Gillian chairs the corporate social responsibility committee and is a member of the Futures Panel and the following commitees: audit, nominations and remuneration. She is also a member of the Affordability Advisory group, Money Matters panel and the Young People's panel. She is an observer on the Wessex Water Partnership.

    Aside from Wessex Water Services, Gillian is chair of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, a vice-president of Quartet Community Foundation, a member of the Merchant Venturers and the Honourable Gloucestershire Company and a deputy lieutenant of Gloucestershire. She holds honorary doctorates from Bristol University and the University of the West of England. 

    Gillian holds a degree in psychology from the University of Liverpool and has conducted research on corporate governance and board effectiveness with the University of Bath.

    Gillian has private sector experience in leading transformational change in a variety of industries including manufacturing engineering, financial services and technology. She was a partner at the Hay Group, a worldwide management consultancy, and has held non-executive roles in construction, legal services and central government. She was previously chair of the board of governors at the University of the West of England and a member of the General Medical Council. 

    Her experience includes leading transformation change, chairing complex organisations, coaching and guiding boards and executive teams, and corporate governance. She has also been a member of a variety of organisations with an interest in community development, care of the elderly and education.

    Huw Davies, Non-Executive Director

    Huw Davies 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. Huw is formerly an independent non-executive director of West Bromwich Building Society, Hydro International plc and WSP plc. 

    As a result, Huw has extensive experience in UK and international corporate finance, risk management and corporate governance with a number of sectors including construction and engineering, residential and commercial development, property investment and financial services.

    Huw was appointed to the board in September 2014. He is chair of the audit committee and chair of the Wessex Water Services pension scheme. He is a member of both the remuneration and nominations committees.

    He is a non-executive director of J Murphy & Sons Ltd and is chair of the children's communication charity I CAN.

    Richard Keys, Non-Executive Director

    Richard Keys A chartered accountant and former senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Richard has extensive business and financial experience and acumen developed during a 37 year career at pwc, encompassing corporate governance, audit, accounting, financial reporting, risk management, transaction support and consulting across many sectors including utilities (electricity and water), air transport, heavy industry and manufacturing and natural resources.

    He has held senior roles including audit partner, global chief accountant leading pwc's Global Accounting Consulting Services practice and leader of the Professional Standards and Risk Management Group of the UK assurance practice. Since stepping down from pwc in 2010, Richard has held various non-executive roles including within financial services and air traffic management which has added further to his extensive body of experience in regulated sectors. 

    Richard was appointed to the Wessex Water Services board in May 2016 and is a member of the audit, nominations, remuneration and corporate responsibility committees.

    He is also a non-executive director of Merrill Lynch International and NATS Holdings Ltd and non-executive member of the departmental board at the Department for International Development. He is chairman and non-executive director of Glaziers Hall Ltd.

    Previously Richard was a non-executive director at Sainsbury's Bank plc, a member of the council at University of Birmingham and a member of the audit and risk committee at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 

    Fiona Reynolds DBE, CBE, Non-Executive Director

    Fiona Reynolds Dame Fiona has run or chaired large and small charities, many of which were going through change; she has campaigned for progress on conservation and environmental matters; engaged millions of people in conservation causes, and had a wide range of experience in public speaking, writing and the media.

    She was appointed to the board of Wessex Water Services in August 2012. In the same year she became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge after a long career in the voluntary conservation movement, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2000-2012.

    Before that she was Director of the Women's Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (1987-1998); and Secretary of the Campaign for National Parks (1980-87).  

    An honorary fellow of the British Academy and an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Fiona has a first class honours degree in geography and land economy and an examined MPhil in land economy.

    Following a long career in the conservation movement, she is passionate about the environment and takes a special interest in matters relating to the environment and sustainability, and how we can encourage our customers and partners to help us achieve our long term goals.

    At Wessex Water, she is chair of the Futures Panel and a member of the audit committee, the corporate responsibility committee and the nominations committee.

    Other roles include being a monthly columnist for Country Life magazine, a non-executive member of the corporate responsibility committee of the John Lewis Partnership and chair of the following organisations: the International National Trusts Organisation, Green Alliance, Cambridge University Botanic Garden and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England.

    Hann Yeoh, Non-Executive Director

    Hann Yeoh Hann is executive director of YTL Power Generation Sdn Bhd and part of the business development team of YTL Power International Berhad. He has been a director of Wessex Water Services since August 2012.

    A graduate of Oxford University with a master of engineering in engineering science, Hann is executive director of YTL Power Generation Sdn Bhd and part of the business development team of YTL Power International Berhad.  He also sits on the board of YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore.

    Hong Yeoh, Non-Executive Director

    Hong Yeoh A director of YTL Corporation Berhad, Malaysia since 1985, Hong is executive director of YTL Power International Berhad and is responsible for YTL Group's utilities and construction divisions.

    He has been a director of Wessex Water Services Limited since May 2002 and is chairman of the remuneration committee. He is a trustee of the YTL Foundation.


    Mark Yeoh, Non-Executive Director

    Mark Yeoh Mark is executive director responsible for the YTL hotels and resorts division. He was appointed to the board of Wessex Water Services Limited in July 2003.

    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 and YTL Vacation Club Berhad.

    Mark is a director of the following companies: YTL Corporation Berhad, YTL Power International Berhad, YTL Land & Development Berhad, YTL Cement Berhad and YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore. He is also executive director of Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd.

    He is also part of YTL Power's mergers and acquisitions team and was involved in the acquisition of ElectraNet SA (Australia), Wessex Water, P.T. Jawa Power (Indonesia) and PowerSeraya Limited (Singapore).

    Mark 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 became a fellow of King's College London in July 2014.
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