Who we are

We are a non-ministerial government department. We were established in 1989 when the water and sewerage industry in England and Wales was privatised.

Board

Jonson Cox

Chairman

Cathryn Ross

Chief Executive

Mark Bayley

Non-executive Director

Christine Farnish

Non-executive Director

Martin Lawrence

Non-executive Director

Alison Munro

Non-executive Director

Catherine Waddams

Non-executive Director

Tim Waggott

Non-executive Director

Aileen Armstrong

Senior Director of Finance and Governance

John Russell

Senior Director of Strategy and Planning

Executive

Cathryn Ross

Chief Executive

Aileen Armstrong

Senior Director of Finance and Governance

David Black

Senior Director of Water 2020

Jenny Block

General Counsel

Claire Forbes

Senior Director of Corporate Communications

Keith Mason

Senior Director of Thames Tideway

John Russell

Senior Director of Strategy and Planning

How we are funded

We are financed by licence fees that are recovered from the water companies.

We are accountable to Parliament for the money we spend. We also provide information, as requested, to:

  • the Treasury
  • the National Audit Office
  • the Public Accounts Committee.

More detailed information is available in our annual report and accounts.