Affinity Water appoints Justin Read to its Board as Independent Director

– UK, Hatfield –  Affinity Water Limited (LON: 72YE) today announced the appointment of Justin Read to its Board as an independent non-executive director effective on 14 July 2020. He will join as chair designate of the Audit Committee and will be appointed as Audit Committee Chair on 29 September 2020.

“I am very pleased that Justin has joined our Board to serve as an independent non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair. Justin has substantial operational experience across the finance function of businesses, both within the UK and internationally. His skills and experience will provide additional balance and industry insight to our Board.” said Board Chairman, Tony Cocker.

The company also announced that Patrick O’Donnell Bourke, independent non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee is to step down from the Board after seven years’ service at the AGM on 29 September 2020.

Tony Cocker added: “I would like to thank Patrick for his excellent service over the last 7 years, which has seen Affinity Water through a change of ownership, new CEO, a successful end to AMP6, and transition to AMP7. On behalf of our shareholders and the Board, I want to express my deep appreciation to Patrick for all his contributions to Affinity Water.”

Patrick O’Donnell Bourke said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Affinity Water and am pleased to be handing over to Justin at the beginning of the new AMP. I know that Affinity Water has the strategic, operational and management strength to build further on its success for the future.”

About Justin Read

Justin has a wealth of financial and management experience working across a number of different industry sectors, including real estate, support services, building materials and banking. Having studied modern history at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1983, Justin also has an MBA from INSEAD (1990). His experience of managing businesses across multiple jurisdictions has been honed at Euro Disney, Bankers Trust and Hanson plc.

Justin has a proven track record of creating successful growth in a wide variety of businesses both within the UK and internationally. His substantial experience within corporate finance has seen him appointed as a non-executive director within a range of companies.

Justin is Chair of the Remuneration Committee for Grainger plc and also serves as a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. Justin currently sits on the board for Ibstock plc as a non-executive director where he Chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Previously Justin served as a non-executive director of Carillion plc (for a six-week period from 1 December 2017), Group Finance Director of Segro plc (August 2011 – December 2016) and Group Finance Director at Speedy Hire plc (April 2008 – December 2011).

Justin Read commented: “I am delighted to join the Affinity Water Board. It is an exciting time for the water industry and I’m looking forward to being part of the Affinity Water Board as the Company prepares to deliver on its commitments to customers, communities and the environment for 2020 to 2025 regulatory period.”

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