Colin Skellett is a scientist and engineer by training and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has worked largely in the water industry for over 45 years. He was appointed Chief Executive of Wessex Water in 1988 and took the company through privatisation, creating a business that consistently delivers the highest environmental and customer service performance within the industry.
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 was also Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership from 2011 until the beginning of 2016.
Colin is currently Group Chief Executive of the Wessex Water/YTL UK Group, Chair of the YTL Land and Property UK and Chair of YTL's UK hotels. He is also non-executive Chair of European Connoisseurs Travel, a Board member of Venturers Trust and a Director of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative.
Colin was awarded an OBE for services to business and WaterAid in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours and has Honorary Doctorates in Engineering from the Universities of the West of England and Bristol.