Our Board of Directors

The directors of Affinity Water Limited are shown below. Where a director holds other directorships within the Affinity Water Group of companies, the numbers listed alongside his or her name may be cross referenced to the relevant company shown on the structure chart. Membership of our Audit Committee: (A), Remuneration Committee: (R) and Nomination Committee: (N) is also listed alongside the director’s name.


Chairman (Non-Executive)


Dr Philip Nolan  (R)(N)(12)

Dr Philip Nolan was appointed to the Board as Chairman in April 2013 and reappointed for a further three year term from 1 April 2016 . Philip is also Chairman of John Laing Group plc., a specialist investor and manager of infrastructure assets and Ulster Bank Limited. He is also a non-executive director at Providence Resources plc. and EnQuest plc. He was previously Chief Executive of Eircom, Ireland’s national telecommunications supplier from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as an executive director of BG Group and Chief Executive of Transco from 1998 and in 2000, led the demerger of Transco as Chief Executive of the Lattice Group.


Independent non-executive directors



Chris Bolt    (A)(R)

Chris Bolt has worked in the field of economic regulation for more than twenty years, holding senior roles in both the public and private sectors. His regulation experience has included Ofwat (from 1989 to 1994), the Office of the Rail Regulator (from 1994 to 1999) and Transco plc. (from 1999 to 2002). More recently, he was the statutory Arbiter for the London Underground Public-Private Partnership Agreements (from 2002 to 2011), and the first Chairman of the Office of Rail Regulation (from 2004 to 2009). Chris now provides independent regulatory advice to the government, companies and regulators.



Patrick O’D Bourke  (A)(N)

Patrick O’D Bourke was appointed to the Board in July 2013. Patrick is a Chartered Accountant and is Group Finance Director of John Laing Group plc. He was previously Chief Executive of Viridian Group, having first undertaken the role of Group Finance Director and formerly was Group Treasurer of Powergen plc. He chairs our Audit Committee and has a wide range of experience in regulated businesses operating within the private and quoted sectors. Our Board is satisfied that the cross directorship with Dr Philip Nolan does not compromise his ability to act independently.



Trevor Didcock  (A)

Trevor Didcock was appointed to the Board in November 2015. Trevor was Chief Information Officer at EasyJet from 2010 to 2015, HomeServe from 2008 to 2010, the Automobile Association (AA) Limited from 2003 to 2007 and Group IT Director at RAC Motoring Services from 1999 to 2003. Trevor now provides advisory services to organisations in IT and transformation programme delivery and is a non-executive member of the Risk and Assurance Board at the Civil Aviation Authority.



Susan Hooper  (R)

Susan Hooper joined the Board in November 2015. She is a non-executive director at Rank Group plc. and Wizz Air Holdings plc., a Professor of Practice at the LUISS Business School in Rome, with a special focus on Customer Centricity and works with private equity companies developing opportunities in the travel industry. Susan is also a non-executive director of Wizz Air Holdings plc. and was previously Managing Director of British Gas Services Limited and Chief Executive of the Acromas Group’s travel division from 2009 to 2013, where she was responsible for Saga Holidays, Hotels, Cruises, the AA Travel division and Titan Travel.


Executive directors



Simon Cocks, Chief Executive Officer  (1)(2)(3)

Simon Cocks was appointed to the Board in June 2015. Simon is an electrical engineer with extensive experience of the water and energy industries. He was previously Severn Trent’s Managing Director of Wholesale Operations and has extensive cross sector experience in leadership roles in the utility sector. Prior to joining Severn Trent in 2009, Simon was a senior executive at National Grid and started his career at London Electricity.



Duncan Bates, Chief Financial Officer (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(7)

Duncan Bates is Chief Financial Officer of Affinity Water Limited, having joined the company in March 2012 and been appointed to the Board in September of that year. He began his career in Veolia in 1992 and held a number of financial posts until his appointment as Veolia Environnement UK's Group Financial Controller in 1999. In 2007, he became Finance Director of Veolia Water's non-regulated business, a post he held until joining Affinity Water. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Non-executive directors



Stephen Nelson  (A)(R)(N)(1)(2)(3)(8)(9)(10)(11)(12)

Stephen Nelson was appointed a director on 31 March 2015. Stephen is Asset Management Director at Infracapital and has more than 15 years of operating and main board experience encompassing transport infrastructure, regulation as well as extensive experience of consumer businesses. Stephen was Chief Executive of BAA Limited (now Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited) between 2006 and 2008 and prior to this he was Group Retail Director at BAA. He was previously a non-executive director of the Office of Rail Regulation. He has appointed Georgina Dellacha as his alternate.



Nigel Paterson (1)(2)(3)(8)(9)(10)(11)(13)

Nigel Paterson was appointed a director on 25 July 2014. He is the Investment Director for Veolia Water UK and is responsible for its portfolio of investments in the UK, also holding a number of directorships of companies within the Veolia group. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with many years’ experience of asset management and asset operations in the water industry.



James Wilmott  (A)(R)(N)(8)(9)(10)(11)(12)

James Wilmott was appointed a director in 2012. He became a member of the Audit Committee on 31 March 2015 and is a Managing Director and Head of Europe of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure. He has appointed Yacine Saidji as his alternate.



Company Secretary

Tim Monod 


Our Senior Management Team

Chief Executive Officer

Simon Cocks

Chief Financial Officer

Duncan Bates

Director of Asset Strategy

Mike Pocock

Director of Legal and Assurance and Company Secretary

Tim Monod

Director of Regulation

Christopher Offer

Director of Customer Relations (Household)

Amanda Reynolds

Managing Director Wholesale Operations

Drew Ritchie

Chief Information Officer

Peter Rowland

People Director

Debbie Ryan

Director, Affinity for Business

Helen Gillett