Ian joined Southern Water in January 2017. He has more than thirty years of global water and environmental experience and a significant record of achievement operating in both publicly quoted FTSE 100/250 companies and privately held enterprises.
He holds an honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Chartered Member of the ICE, CIWEM. Throughout his career he has managed major utility, construction and consulting businesses in the UK, Belgium, India and USA affording the opportunity to develop an enviable knowledge base and broad business perspective. He has enhanced this practical experience with professional executive education, most notably at Harvard Business School.
He has particularly extensive experience in the UK regulated utility, construction and environmental services sectors, holding Board positions across a broad range of commercial and statutory organisations. In his previous role he served as an Executive Director of the Pennon Group plc and Chief Executive of its subsidiary company, Viridor, one of the largest renewable energy and recycling companies in the UK.
In a non-Executive capacity, he served as an independently appointed member of the Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Change Board until it was recently disbanded and is a member of the CBI Infrastructure Board. He has also provided expert input to Government Review Groups and Industry Partnerships with particular emphasis on the UK skills agenda and development of future smarter regulation and environmental policy.