PN 09/21: New Ofwat Board Appointment


Ofwat is pleased to confirm one of its Senior Directors, Lisa Commane, has been appointed to its Board.

Lisa Commane leads Ofwat’s corporate services and is a member of Ofwat’s Senior Leadership Team. She will join Ofwat’s Board from 1 April 2021.

Jonson Cox, Ofwat Chair of Ofwat, said:

‘I’m delighted to welcome Lisa to the Board.  She has made a major contribution to transforming Ofwat’s corporate services during her time with Ofwat and will contribute to a strong and effective Board.

I look forward to her contribution as we continue to push for transformational change in the sector and drive water companies to deliver the very best for customers, society and the environment.’

Lisa Commane said:

‘I’m very much looking forward to joining Ofwat’s Board and helping to improve life through water. Water companies have an important leadership role to play in their communities by providing excellent services and protecting our environment both now and in future – I look forward to making a difference here.’

Lisa’s appointment comes as David Black steps into leading Ofwat forward over the coming year as Interim Chief Executive.


Notes to editor

  1. Lisa Commane biography: Lisa is an experienced leader who joined Ofwat in 2017 as Senior Director. She leads our corporate enablers teams and is a member of Ofwat’s Senior Leadership Team. Before that she was Director of Customer Services and Transformation at Coventry City Council and led in a number of senior roles over 11 years ranging from the development and delivery of complex infrastructure projects through to corporate transformation programmes to deliver organisational, digital change and improved outcomes for citizens.
  2. Earlier in her career Lisa gained 7 years of private sector experience at KPMG and Deloitte, working alongside the public sector delivering audit and consultancy services. Lisa is a qualified CIPFA accountant and a Trustee with MHA – the largest UK charity care provider for older people.
  3. Appointments of executive directors to the board of Ofwat are made by the Secretary of State for Defra on the recommendation of the chair of Ofwat, and following consultation with Welsh Ministers.