Ofwat president’s appointment extended and board members reappointed


Jonson Cox’s appointment as chairman of the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) has been extended for six months and two other board members have been reappointed as non-executive directors.

Cox has been President of Ofwat since November 2012. His term is now extended until the end of April 2022. The recruitment campaign for his successor will be launched later this week.

Mark Bayley and Alison Munro were appointed non-executive directors in April 2016 and were reappointed until October 31, 2025.

The appointments were made in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments as regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Code requires that the political activities of appointees (so important) be reported. Those named have not reported any significant political activity in the past five years.


Jonson Cox CBE

Jonson has been President of Ofwat since November 2012. He has been instrumental in working to bring the water sector back to the heart of his concerns for customers and the public service, while maintaining an attractive proposition for consumers. investors. He has experience as CEO and President in the field of regulated and commercial infrastructure, with a focus on turnarounds and restructuring.

After an early career at Royal Dutch / Shell Group, Jonson served as Managing Director of Yorkshire Water (1996-2000) to pull the company out of a major crisis with its customers and restore YW’s leading status in the industry. After other roles in infrastructure, he returned to the water sector for over six years from 2004 to 2010 as Group CEO at AWG plc. He led the successful turnarounds of underperforming Anglian Water Services, Morrison plc and Anglian Water International.

Jonson led the restructuring of UK Coal plc as executive chairman from 2010 to 2012 to bring a managed ‘soft close’ to UK coal mining. He secured the value of UKC’s real estate development business for miners’ pension funds and the PPF, leading the creation and listing of Harworth plc and serving as the inaugural chair from 2012 to 2018. He joined Cory Group , owner of the UK’s largest waste management center. -power plant, as chairman when the lenders took over in 2015 and led the board throughout the takeover and successful sale to infrastructure funds in 2018. He sits on the policy board global company of I Squared Capital and is an NED at Energia, the Irish energy group. , and Ovo, the UK energy retailer.

Mark Bayley CBE

Mark was appointed Non-Executive Director of Ofwat in April 2016. He is also a member of the Audit and Risk Insurance Committee and the Major Projects Committee.

Mark has spent much of his career delivering large and complex projects at the interface between the private and public sectors. After starting his career as an investment banker, Mark was CFO and then CEO of LCR, developer of the High Speed ​​1 rail project and owner of the UK branch of Eurostar. After serving as interim sales director of HS2 for a year, he was appointed managing director of Green Deal Finance, which he led from 2012 to 2015. After selling GDFC to private equity in early 2017, he completed a leadership assignment. Director of the board of directors and interim financial director of a new procurement agency within the MOD.

Mark is a non-executive director of Network Rail and chairman of its audit and risk committee, and is also a non-executive director of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He is also chairman of the board of directors of Shadwell Opera.

Alison Munro CBE

Alison was appointed Non-Executive Director of Ofwat in April 2016. She is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Insurance Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.

Alison is also Chair of Transport for London’s Independent Investment Program Advisory Group.

Previously, Alison was the first Managing Director of HS2 Ltd, then Managing Director of Phase Two of HS2. Previously, she was Director at the Ministry of Transport, where she was responsible for strategic road policy, including the development of a major highway investment program and long-term planning of national transport networks.


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