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Our board of directors

The directors of Affinity Water Limited are shown below, including detailed biographies accessed by clicking their photographs. Where a director holds other directorships within the Affinity Water Group of companies, these companies are also listed and may be cross referenced to the relevant company shown on the structure chart.

Director membership of the following Board Committees is also listed in their biographies where relevant:

  • Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee

  • Remuneration Committee

  • Nomination Committee

  • Safety, Health, Environment and Drinking Water Quality Committee

 

Chairman (Non-executive)

Ian Tyler, Chairman (Non-Executive)

Ian Tyler

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Ian Tyler, Chairman (Non-Executive)

Ian Tyler

Appointment to the Board: 11 January 2021

Director membership of Board Committees:
Remuneration Committee
Nomination Committee (Chair)
Safety, Health, Environment and Drinking Water Quality Committee

Qualifications: Ian graduated from Birmingham University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in London, 1985.

Skills and career experience: Ian brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having worked across a number of different industry sectors. Over his career Ian has gained considerable experience in building and transforming businesses in the UK and United States. An accomplished leader, Ian held a number of senior finance and operational positions within listed companies including Group Financial Controller at Storehouse plc, Finance Director at ARC Limited, Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer at Balfour Beatty plc before being appointed its Chief Executive for the period from 2005 to 2013. During his time as Chief Executive, he took Balfour Beatty from being primarily a UK construction business to a global infrastructure services business, and trebled turnover to £10bn.

Other current business interests: Ian currently sits on three other Boards; as Non-Executive Director of BAE Systems, Chair of Vistry Group plc (formerly Bovis Homes Group plc), and Non-Executive Director and Chair of Amey Plc (a subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A.). He stepped down as Independent Chair of AWE Management Limited (a joint venture between Lockheed Martin, Serco and Jacobs Engineering, which operated the Atomic Weapons Establishment on behalf of the Ministry of Defence) on 30 June 2021 and as Chair of Cairn Energy PLC on 31 December 2020.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group: None

Independent non-executive directors

Ann Bishop

Ann Bishop

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Trevor Didcock

Trevor Didcock

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Susan Hooper

Susan Hooper

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Mark Horsley

Mark Horsley

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Chris Newsome

Chris Newsome

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Justin Read

Justin Read

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Ann Bishop

Ann Bishop

Appointment to the Board: 25 March 2020

Director membership of Board Committees:
Remuneration Committee
Nomination Committee

Qualifications: Ann has a BA (Hons), MA Cantab from Sidney Sussex College Cambridge University.

Skills and career experience: Ann has over 30 years' experience in the regulated sectors working with investors, the chair, chief executives, board members and senior executive teams in utility companies, Government agencies and regulatory organisations helping to develop strategy and think differently about the nature of complex institutional arrangements, particularly the role of customers. Before founding Indepen, a management consultancy company in 1990, Ann worked in the Strategy Group in Deloitte’s management consultancy division, working in a range of sectors, including financial services, high street retail, food manufacturing, design engineering and publishing which followed a career in marketing and corporate finance.

Other current business interests: From 2010 to date Ann has been Governor of Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University), a member of the Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee, the Governance and Nominations Committees, and from 2017 to date, chair of Senior Staff Remuneration Committee. From 2019 to date, Ann has been Chair of the Customer Engagement Group (CEG) for UK Power Networks. Ann was also a member of the London First Infrastructure Commission and of the Ofwat Expert Panel. Ann was also an Ambassador of Wellbeing of Women and, from 2000 to 2010, was non-executive director and deputy chair for Opera North.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group: None

Trevor Didcock

Trevor Didcock

Appointment to the Board: 30 November 2015

Appointed as the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director: March 2020

Appointed as the Non-Executive Director for Workforce Engagement: July 2019

Director membership of Board Committees:
Remuneration Committee
Safety, Health, Environment and Drinking Water Quality Committee

Qualifications: Trevor has a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, and an MBA and Marketing Diploma from Cranfield Business School.

Skills and career experience: Trevor was Chief Information Officer at easyJet plc from 2010 to 2015, HomeServe plc from 2008 to 2010, the Automobile Association Limited from 2003 to 2007 and Group IT Director at RAC Motoring Services Limited from 1999 to 2003. Trevor now provides advisory services to organisations in IT and transformational change.

Other current business interests: Trevor is a non-executive director at Futurice Oy (a digital innovation and engineering company) and a non-executive member of the Transformation Programme Board at the Civil Aviation Authority.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group: None

Susan Hooper

Susan Hooper

Appointment to the Board: 30 November 2015

Director membership of Board Committees:
Remuneration Committee (Chair)
Nomination Committee

Qualifications: Susan has a BA and MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Skills and career experience: Susan works with private equity companies developing opportunities in the travel industry. Susan was previously Managing Director of British Gas Services Limited and Chief Executive of the Acromas Group’s travel division from 2009 to 2013, where she was responsible for Saga Holidays, Hotels, Cruises, the AA Travel division and Titan Travel.

Other current business interests: Susan is a non-executive director at Rank Group plc, Uber London Limited, Uber Britannia Limited and Moonpig.com Limited.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group: None

Mark Horsley

Mark Horsley

Appointment to the Board: 19 December 2019

Director membership of Board Committees:
Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee
Remuneration Committee

Qualifications: Mark has an MBA from Durham University.

Skills and career experience: Mark has over 40 years’ experience in the energy sector, particularly gas and electricity network businesses. He joined Northern Gas Networks, the North of England’s gas distributer, as Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Mark was previously Equity Partner and Head of Power Distribution at EC Harris, an international built asset consultancy, Strategy and Central Programmes Director at Scottish Power, and President and Chief Operating Officer at CE Electric UK, where he began his career as an apprentice.

Other current business interests: Mark has a passion for innovation and its role in consistently improving ways of working and driving positive change. He held the role of Chairman of the Energy Networks Association (ENA) from 2004 to 2006 and was Chairman of the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) from 2014 to 2017. Mark has been a non-executive director at the EIC since 2017.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group: None

Chris Newsome

Chris Newsome

Appointment to the Board: 24 January 2019

Director membership of Board Committees:
Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee
Safety, Health, Environment and Drinking Water Quality Committee (Chair)

Qualifications: Chris has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University, an MBA from the Manchester Business School and a post-graduate diploma in Structural Engineering from the University of Bradford.

Skills and career experience: Chris has extensive experience across large, regulated infrastructure businesses and over 40 years’ experience within the water industry (at Yorkshire Water, Kelda Water and more recently Anglian Water). He has a passion for carbon reduction and innovation and was awarded an OBE for services to Civil Engineering and Carbon Reduction in 2017.

Other current business interests: Chris is a member of the Government’s Green Construction Board and Chairman of the Infrastructure Working Group driving down carbon in infrastructure assets. He is Past President and Board Member of the Institute of Asset Management, a director of UK Water Partnership Limited and board adviser for Barhale Limited.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group: None

Justin Read

Justin Read

Appointment to the Board: 14 July 2020

Director membership of Board Committees:
Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee (Chair)
Nomination Committee

Qualifications: Justin graduated from Oxford University and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Skills and career experience: Justin has a wealth of financial and management experience working across a number of different industry sectors including real estate, support services, building materials and banking. Justin’s experience of managing businesses across multiple jurisdictions has been honed at Hanson plc, Speedy Hire plc and Segro plc.

Other current business interests: Justin is Chair of the Remuneration Committee for Grainger plc and also serves as a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. Justin currently sits on the board for Ibstock plc as a non-executive director where he chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group: None

Executive directors

Stuart Ledger

Suart Ledger, Interim CEO

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Stuart Ledger

Stuart Ledger, Interim CEO

Appointment to the Board: 9 October 2017

Director membership of Board Committees: None

Qualifications: Stuart has a BA from Liverpool John Moores University, is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Pensions Management Institute.

Skills and career experience: Stuart has significant experience in utilities and has held a number of senior finance roles, most recently Chief Financial Officer for Retail at Thames Water. Before joining Thames Water in 2008 as the Group Financial Controller, he was the Financial Controller at Wolseley and started his career at EDF Energy.”

Other current business interests: Stuart is a director of Landlord Tap Limited, which provides a website for landlords and managing agents of residential properties to provide water companies with details of those responsible for the payment of water and/or sewerage charges for their tenanted properties. Stuart is also a trustee of Rett UK, a charity that supports those who suffer from Rett Syndrome, and their families and carers.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group:
(2) Affinity Water Finance PLC
(3) Affinity Water Finance (2004) PLC
(4) Affinity Water Holdings Limited
(13) Affinity Water Shared Services Limited
(14) Affinity Water Southeast Limited
(15) Affinity Water East Limited

Non-executive directors

Tony Roper

Tony Roper

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Angela Roshier

Angela Roshier

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Roxana Tataru

Roxana Tataru

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Tony Roper

Tony Roper

Appointment to the Board: 25 July 2018

Director membership of Board Committees:
Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee
Nomination Committee
Safety, Health, Environment and Drinking Water Quality Committee

Qualifications: Tony has a BA and MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified ACMA-CGMA accountant.

Skills and career experience: Tony started his career as a structural engineer with Ove Arup and Partners. In 1994, he joined John Laing Group plc to review and make equity investments in UK and global infrastructure projects, and then in 2006 he joined HSBC Specialist Investments (‘HSIL’) to be the fund manager for HICL Infrastructure plc. In 2011, Tony was part of the senior management team that bought HSIL from HSBC, renaming it InfraRed Capital Partners. Tony was a Managing Partner and a senior member of the infrastructure management team at InfraRed Capital Partners until June 2018.

Other current business interests: Tony is the Chairman of Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income plc, a UK investment Trust. Tony is also Chairman of SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group:
(2) Affinity Water Finance PLC
(3) Affinity Water Finance (2004) PLC
(4) Affinity Water Holdings Limited
(5) Affinity Water Holdco Finance Limited
(6) Affinity Water Capital Funds Limited
(7) Affinity Water Acquisitions Limited
(8) Affinity Water Acquisitions (Midco) Limited
(9) Affinity Water Acquisitions (Holdco) Limited
(10) Affinity Water Acquisitions (Investments) Limited
(11) Daiwater Investment Limited

Angela Roshier

Angela Roshier

Appointment to the Board: 19 May 2017

Director membership of Board Committees:
Remuneration Committee
Safety, Health, Environment and Drinking Water Quality Committee

Qualifications: Angela has a MA from the University of Cambridge and a MBA from London Business School.

Skills and career experience: Angela is Partner and Head of Asset Management at DIF. She joined DIF in 2010 and oversees the asset management of DIF’s investment portfolio of approximately 120 assets. She is also a member of DIF’s Executive Committee and Investment Committees. She is responsible for the ESG strategy at DIF and has been instrumental in DIF achieving a United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment score of A+. DIF is a leading independent fund management company with funds under management in the Public-Private Partnership, regulated asset and renewable energy sector.

Other current business interests: Prior to DIF, Angela was a member of 3i plc and Actis’s Infrastructure teams. With more than 22 years’ experience she has contributed to the origination and asset management of a wide variety of infrastructure assets in the Public-Private Partnership, water, renewable energy and transport sectors, both in Europe and emerging markets.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group:
(2) Affinity Water Finance PLC
(3) Affinity Water Finance (2004) PLC
(4) Affinity Water Holdings Limited
(5)Affinity Water Holdco Finance Limited
(6) Affinity Water Capital Funds Limited
(7) Affinity Water Acquisitions Limited
(8) Affinity Water Acquisitions (Midco) Limited
(9) Affinity Water Acquisitions (Holdco) Limited
(10) Affinity Water Acquisitions (Investments) Limited
(11) Daiwater Investment Limited

Roxana Tataru

Roxana Tataru

Appointment to the Board: 1 July 2021

Director membership of Board Committees:
Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee
Remuneration Committee
Nomination Committee

Qualifications: Roxana holds a BSc in Management (Accounting and Finance) from Manchester Business School.

Skills and career experience: Roxana has a wealth of financial experience working in asset management, banking, finance and capital markets across the sector. Roxana is currently Vice President at Allianz Capital Partners where she focuses on the origination of investment opportunities across a variety of infrastructure sectors including regulated utilities, transportation and telecommunication, and is involved in the management of several portfolio companies. Roxana was previously at RBC Capital Markets where she performed various infrastructure M&A and financing advisory roles latterly as an Associate for the organisation.

Other current business interests: Roxana is an observer to the Board of Galp Gás Natural Distribuição, Portugal’s largest gas distribution network.

Other directorships held within the Affinity Water Group:
(2) Affinity Water Finance PLC
(3) Affinity Water Finance (2004) PLC
(4) Affinity Water Holdings Limited
(5) Affinity Water Holdco Finance Limited
(6) Affinity Water Capital Funds Limited
(7) Affinity Water Acquisitions Limited
(8) Affinity Water Acquisitions (Midco) Limited
(9) Affinity Water Acquisitions (Holdco) Limited
(10) Affinity Water Acquisitions (Investments) Limited
(11) Daiwater Investment Limited

Company Secretary

Sunita Kaushal

Our senior management team

Interim Chief Executive Officer - Stuart Ledger
Chief Financial Officer - Stuart Ledger
Chief Information Officer - Andrew Morris
Director of Asset Strategy & Capital Delivery – Steve Plumb
Director of Assurance - Gurvinder Badesha
Director of Customer Experience - Joe Brownless
Director of Production & Supply - Graham Turk
General Counsel and Company Secretary - Sunita Kaushal

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