Two of a kind: Severn Trent’s Garfield and Kennedy recognised for caring leadership

Severn Trent’s chief executive Liv Garfield and company secretary Bronagh Kennedy have made it on to the "50 Leading Lights’" list which recognises the contribution of “kind” leaders to business, the economy and society.

Following an open call for entries, a panel made up of representatives from different industry sectors reviewed the entries and agreed final 50 list.

Garfield commented: "It's wonderful to be recognised in this way, especially as it recognises that there's more to the world of business than just profits and productivity. That fits in perfectly with Severn Trent, where we want to be a socially responsible company which means ensuring we do the right thing for the communities in which we live and for all of our stakeholders.”

40% of Severn Trent’s employees have volunteered in the community over the past year, and among the commitments in the company’s PR19 plan is a “community dividend” which will be given to local communities through volunteering, donations to the Severn Trent Trust Fund, and a new commitment to use 1% of company profits for community schemes.

The list forms part the Week of Women initiative, organised by the Women of the Future Programme.