Our Board of Directors

The Company's Board comprises six non-executive directors (including the Chairman), and two executive directors who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business and ensure that the Company's activities are conducted competently and with integrity.

The current Board members are:

Deryk King

Jeremy Pelczer
Chairman, Non-executive
Jeremy was elected Chairman in April 2013. He has a financial background and is a qualified accountant. He moved into the water industry in 1996 and became CEO and President of American Water in February 2004 until December 2005. He was the Chief Executive of Thames Water in November 2005 until its sale was completed in December 2006. Jeremy was a non-executive Director of South Staffordshire Water plc until 31 March 2013 and was the Chair of Water UK from 2007 to 2013 and from 2010 to 2016 he was the Chair of WaterAid International.

Murray Legg
Senior Non-executive Director*

Murray is a chartered accountant who retired in 2013 after 35 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK where he held a variety of senior management, governance and client roles. As a partner he spent 15 years auditing and advising major UK utilities and a variety of listed and unlisted companies in other sectors. From 2005 to 2013 he was a member of the PwC international network’s Global Governance Board, and he also served on the PwC UK firm’s governance body. Murray is also a Non-executive Director of Globaldata plc. He joined the board on 1 October 2015.

Dave Shemmans
Non-executive Director*

Dave joined Ricardo, a global engineering strategic and environmental engineering consultancy, in 1999. Prior to joining Ricardo he was Operations Director and co-founder of Wavedriver Limited (a subsidiary of PowerGen plc). He has also gained consulting and management experience in both listed and private companies. Dave holds a degree in electronics and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School. Dave is the Chief Executive Officer of Ricardo plc and a Director of a number of its associated companies.

Jon Woods
Non-executive Director*

Jon has 20 years' experience in the food and drinks sector gained at Cadbury Schweppes, AB Inbev and now Coca-Cola. Jon joined the Board on 1 March 2016.

Yoichi Sakai
Non-executive Director

Mr Sakai joined the Board on 1 November 2016. He is the Unit General Manager, Infrastructure Business Unit of Sumitomo Corporation Europe Group.

Ryuichi Nishida
Non-executive Director

Ryuichi joined Osaka Gas in 1998 and has held various positions including in natural gas procurement and deregulation of the Japanese gas market. He joined the Board on 1 April 2015. Ryuichi is the Managing Director of Osaka Gas UK Ltd.


Anthony Ferrar

Anthony Ferrar
Managing Director

Anthony joined the Company in 2008 after 15 years as the Finance Director and Company Secretary of Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water plc. He has previously worked in UK and overseas contracting, manufacturing and service industries. Anthony is a Director of a number of associated companies, a member of the Board of Water UK and a Trustee of Water Companies Pension Scheme.

John Chadwick

John Chadwick
Finance and Regulation Director 

John joined the Company in 2009. His previous role was as a senior manager at Ofgem. Prior to that he worked for Thames Water for nearly 20 years in finance and regulatory positions.


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