Loughlin appointed chair of British Water

British Water has appointed chief executive of the Pennon Group, Chris Loughlin, as its chairman.

Loughlin (pictured) highlighted the “period of considerable economic uncertainty ahead” as he embarked on his tenure at British Water.“Our members will need to navigate likely changes to environmental regulations and rules governing global trade,” he said, adding: “Building collaborative relationships across the water and environment sector is central to British Water’s aims in the coming months and years.”

Welcoming Laughlin to his role recently appointed British Water chief executive, Lloyd Martin, echoed Laughlin’s outlook saying: :“This is a time of unparalleled change for the UK water industry.”

Loughlin joined the British Water board as a non-executive director in May 2016. He succeeds as chair, Tony Williams, who held the post for 18 months having “stepped in at a time of transition not only in the water industry, but also within British Water,” according to Martin.

Martin forecast Loughlin’s experience would prove “Invaluable”. The recently appointed chief of the South West Water owner is formerly the chief operating officer for Lloyd’s Register, executive director of British Nuclear Fuels, executive chairman of Magnox Electric and a senior diplomat in the British Embassy in Tokyo.