Executive team

Phil Newland, BA (Hons) Managing Director

Phil was appointed to the Board as Managing Director in April 2014, having previously worked within South Staffordshire Plc as Managing Director of Echo. He had also worked as Project Director and Business Development Director within Echo and before that Phil was a Management Consultant with Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and Terence Chapman Associates.

Rachel Barber, MBA - Customer Service Director

Rachel was appointed to the Board in October 2009 and has more than 20 years' water industry experience, joining the Company in 1990. She was previously Director of Customer Services and Director of Distribution and now undertakes the role of Customer Service Director.

Tim Orange, MA Hons (Cantab), ACA - Finance, Regulation & Business Services Director

Tim was appointed to the Board in April 2013 and has responsibility for the financial performance of the business. Tim graduated in geography from Downing College, Cambridge and went on to train as a chartered accountant with Grant Thornton. After four years in the British Virgin Islands with Deloitte, he returned to work for Scottish & Newcastle, ntl and more recently Enviros, an Environmental Consultancy which became part of Carillion plc. He joined Cambridge Water in March 2009 and South Staffs Water in April 2013.

Pete Aspley - Wholesale Service Delivery Director

Pete has a well-established background within the water industry having worked within the South Staffordshire Plc group for 25 years.

He trained as a mechanical and electrical engineer within the manufacturing sector, before joining the Group as a water treatment manager in 1990.

Pete has since obtained a wealth of operational and management experience in the abstraction, treatment, storage and distribution of potable water.

In 2004 he set up and became managing director of Integrated Water Services Ltd (IWS) – a new Group company providing a wide range of specialist support services to water and related industries. IWS has since gone from strength to strength and in 2015 saw its revenue increase to £48million.

Pete joined South Staffs Water in 2015. 

Marcella Nash, PgDip CIPD – Director of Human Resources

Marcella was appointed in January 2014 previously having worked within South Staffordshire Plc as Head of Human Resources for Echo. She has extensive generalist HR experience and is currently responsible for organisational capability and people performance as well as Health and Safety standards, performance and culture.

Prior to this she was a Senior HR Manager in Severn Trent Group and Severn Trent Water.