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 and was appointed chief executive in 1988. He 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 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.