Our business

Management team

Board of Directors

Sir James Perowne - Independent chairman
Adrian Page - Group Chief Executive - South Staffordshire PLC
Phil Newland - Managing Director
Keith Harris - Independent Non-executive Director
Stephen Kay - Independent Non-executive Director
Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury - Independent Non-executive Director
Catherine May - Independent Non-executive Director
Michael McNicholas - Independent Non-executive Director

Executive team

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

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