Customer Challenge Group
2014 to present
Our Customer Challenge Group is an independent group, with an independent chair, who will advise, challenge and support us in the development of our plans to ensure they reflect your priorities.
The membership includes our regulators and representatives of household, commercial and special interest groups. A full list of members is given below. Minutes of meetings will be published and added to this site.
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I am an experienced consumer advocate and non-executive Director, with 30 years experience in consumer advocacy, consumer protection and regulatory roles.
I was Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens Advice for more than 13 years, until June 2013 where I headed up their national policy, campaigning and government relations on a diverse range of consumer and public policy issues. Prior to joining Citizens Advice I held senior policy roles with the Office of Rail Regulation, Office of Water Services and the National Consumer Council between 1986 and 2000.
My present non-executive portfolio spans consumer protection, energy, regulation and financial services. Non-executive roles include board member of the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation; member of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, I am a member of the Chartered Banker : Professional Standards Board Advisory Panel and Trustee and Deputy Chair of the charity The Fairbanking Foundation.
I have served on the boards of Smart Energy GB (2013 to 2016), the Personal Finance Society (2009 to 2016) and the Trading Standards Institute's Consumer Code Approvals Board (CCAB) (2013 to 2015). I was a member, and Vice Chair, of the Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group for 10 years until March 2015.
Customer Challenge Group Members
Representing customers and stakeholders
David Cheek Friends of the Mimram River Group
David Cheek lives in Old Welwyn and has been a customer of this water catchment area for most of his life. He is a Business Development and Retirement Coach helping businesses and individuals achieve their goals. Prior to this he was a director of several international advertising and direct marketing agencies and ran his own communications consultancy. So he has a long track record in improving customer experience and communications. He also has a particular interest in preserving and enhancing the rare chalk streams in the area and is a Friend of the River Mimram.
Gill Taylor Groundwork Hertfordshire
Gill Taylor, Operations Director, Groundwork East – the community charity with the green heart working to improve people’s prospects, create better places and promote greener living and working. Established for over thirty years Groundwork has worked closely with Affinity Water in many projects. Gill has an MSc in Environmental Forestry and experience in many roles from community engagement in environmental improvements to running site restoration projects and large scale partnership programmes of access and landscape improvements. She also runs the Luton Lea catchment partnership a group of individuals and organisations united to improve the River Lea through Luton.
Jonathan Sellars Environment Agency
Jonathan is a River Basin Planning Account Officer for the Environment Agency. He has worked in the water environment sector for over 20 years and held a range of roles in freshwater fisheries, environmental planning, catchment coordination and partner engagement, all in pursuit of making our rivers healthier for those living and working in the Thames and South-East River Basin Districts. Outside of the Environment Agency, Jonathan has worked as an investment manager supporting charities and social enterprises in the health sector and has run his own environmental consultancy.
Karen Gibbs Consumer Council for Water
Karen leads CCWater's Environmental Policy Team and is the Senior Policy Manager for London and the South East. Areas of particular interest include water resources planning, demand management and water efficiency, metering and drought management. Karen has worked in consumer representation within the water sector since 1993, and is an Affinity Water customer.
Caroline Warner Consumer Council for Water
Caroline Warner is former Marketing and PR Director for well-known brands in consumer goods. Caroline now specialises in Citizen Advocacy. She works for the Consumer Council for Water as a Consumer Advocate representing water customers, as a District Councillor representing residents in Tandridge in Surrey and as a Academy Board Director representing pupils and parents in South London. In her spare time, Caroline also enjoys reading about Victorian literature and photography and has recently completed a Master's degree at Sussex University.
Gary Clinton Age UK Essex
John Rumble Hertfordshire County Council
Keith Cane Town and Country Housing Group
Scott Oram GlaxoSmithKline
Tina Barnard Watford Community Housing Trust
Minutes of previous meetings
Papers and Reports
Customer Challenge Group Chair's Report - 2016
Terms of Reference
To contact the Customer Challenge Group email CCG@affinitywater.co.uk