John McAdam

Dr John McAdam

Chairman

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Responsibilities: Responsible for the leadership of the board, setting its agenda and ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Chemical Physics, Diploma Advanced Studies in Science, PhD.

Appointment to the board: Appointed as a non-executive director in February 2008 and as Chairman in July 2008.

Committee membership: Nomination (chair).

Skills and experience: With over 19 years' service as a board director in a wide range of companies, and as a current non-executive director serving on a number of other boards and across different sectors, John has a wealth of past and current experience on which to draw in his role as Chairman and leader of the board.

Career experience: Joined the board of ICI plc in 1999 and became chief executive in 2003, a position held until ICI's takeover by Akzo Nobel. Previous non-executive roles: senior independent director J Sainsbury plc; non-executive director Rolls-Royce Holdings plc; senior independent director Electra Private Equity PLC; and chairman of Rentokil-Initial plc until 8 May 2019.

Current directorships/business interests: Non-executive and senior independent director of Cobham plc and appointed as non-executive director of Wilmcote Holdings plc on 1 October 2018. He is also Chairman of United Utilities Water Limited.

Independence: John met the 2016 UK Corporate Governance Code's independence criteria on his initial appointment as Chairman.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: During his final year as Chairman, John has continued to help drive the considerable progress made by the business throughout the tenure of his leadership.

Steve Mogford

Steve Mogford

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Responsibilities:

To manage the group's business and to implement the strategy and policies approved by the board.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Astrophysics/Maths/Physics.

Appointment to the board: January 2011.

Committee membership: Corporate responsibility.

Skills and experience: Steve's experience of the highly competitive defence market and complex design, manufacturing and support programmes has driven forwards the board's strategy of improving customer service and operational performance at United Utilities. His perspective of the construction and infrastructure sector provides valuable experience and insight to support United Utilities' capital investment programme.

Career experience: Previously chief executive of SELEX Galileo, the defence electronics company owned by Italian aerospace and defence organisation Finmeccanica, chief operating officer BAE Systems PLC and a member of its PLC board. His early career was spent with British Aerospace PLC.

Current directorships/business interests: Non-executive and senior independent non-executive director G4S PLC. He is also Chief Executive Officer of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: As chief executive, Steve has driven a step change in the company's operational performance, leading to fast-track status in the PR19 price review process for the 2020–25 asset management period.

Russ Houlden

Russ Houlden

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Responsibilities: To manage the group's financial affairs and to contribute to the management of the group's business and to the implementation of the strategy and policies approved by the board.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Management Sciences, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Appointment to the board: October 2010.

Committee membership: Treasury.

Skills and experience: Russ's skills and experience in accounting in other commercial and regulated companies, along with his extensive experience of driving performance improvement, provides the group with valuable expertise in pursuing its strategy of improving customer service and in providing our services at the lowest sustainable cost.

Career experience: Previously chief financial officer at Telecom New Zealand and finance director of: Lovells; BT Wholesale; BT Networks and Information Services; ICI Polyurethanes; and ICI Japan.

Current directorships/business interests: Member of the supervisory board and chairman of the audit committee Orange Polska SA. Chairman of the financial reporting committee of the 100 Group. He is also Chief Financial Officer of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: Russ helps to drive the transformation of the operational performance of the business, delivers the group's competitive advantage in financial risk management and ensures excellence in reporting to shareholders and other stakeholders.

Steve Fraser

Steve Fraser

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Responsibilities: To develop the strategy for, and to manage, the group's operations.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Management Studies, MSc Engineering Management, AMP Harvard University.

Appointment to the board: August 2017.

Committee membership: None.

Skills and experience: Steve brings a strong commercial acumen and operations focus to the wider business. He has a proven track record in managing networks and using his change management skills and broad experience across all aspects of utilities construction, and programme and operations management.

Career experience: Steve has a wide range of project and contract management experience within the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining United Utilities in 2005, he was operations director of Bethell plc, the power and construction group.

Current directorships/business interests: He is also Chief Operating Officer of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: Steve is responsible for addressing all operational activities. Through the close scrutiny and monitoring of these activities he ensures that adjusting actions are taken in order that the company's overall operational performance continues to improve.

Mark Clare

Mark Clare

Senior independent non-executive director

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Responsibilities: Responsible, in addition to his role as an independent non-executive director, for discussing any concerns with shareholders that cannot be resolved through the normal channels of communication with the Chairman or Chief Executive Officer.

Qualifications: Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA).

Appointment to the board: November 2013.

Committee membership: Nomination and remuneration.

Skills and experience: Through his previous roles at British Gas and BAA, Mark has a strong background operating within regulated environments. His extensive knowledge of customer-facing businesses is particularly valuable for United Utilities in the pursuit of our strategy to improve customer service.

Career experience: Previously chief executive Barratt Developments plc. A former trustee of the Building Research Establishment and the UK Green Building Council. Senior executive roles held in Centrica plc and British Gas. Former non-executive director: BAA plc and Ladbrokes Coral PLC.

Current directorships/business interests: Non-executive chairman Grainger plc and non-executive director Premier Marinas Holdings Limited. He is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: As senior independent non-executive director, Mark has led a robust selection process culminating in the appointment of Sir David Higgins as the next Chairman of the company.

Sara Weller

Sara Weller

Independent non-executive director

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Responsibilities: To challenge constructively the executive directors and monitor the delivery of the strategy within the risk and control framework set by the board and to lead the board's activities concerning directors' remuneration.

Qualifications: MA Chemistry.

Appointment to the board: March 2012.

Committee membership: Nomination and remuneration (chair).

Skills and experience: Sara's experience of customer-facing businesses, together with her knowledge of operating within a regulated environment, provides the board with valuable perspective as the company improves its service to customers.

Career experience: Previously managing director of Argos; senior executive roles at Mars, Abbey National and J Sainsbury plc. Former non-executive and senior independent director Mitchells and Butlers plc and chair of the remuneration committee. Other non-executive roles: the Department for Communities and Local Government; the Higher Education Funding Council for England; and the Planning Inspectorate.

Current directorships/business interests: Non-executive director Lloyds Banking Group plc; lead non-executive Department of Work and Pensions; and council member at Cambridge University. She is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: As chair of the remuneration committee, Sara has played a key role in revising the directors' remuneration policy being presented for approval by shareholders as this year's annual general meeting.

Brian May

Brian May

Independent non-executive director

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Responsibilities: To challenge constructively the executive directors and monitor the delivery of the strategy within the risk and control framework set by the board and to lead the audit committee.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science, Chartered Accountant FCA.

Appointment to the board: September 2012.

Committee membership: Nomination, audit (chair), treasury (chair) and remuneration.

Skills and experience: Brian joined Bunzl plc in 1993 as head of internal audit before becoming group treasurer, then finance director (Europe and Australasia). Brian's background and the various finance roles that he has held are major assets to the board in chairing both the audit and the treasury committees. Brian has been chair of the audit committee for nearly five years and has considerable knowledge of the company and the specifics of the utilities sector.

Career experience: Finance director Bunzl plc, since 2006. Prior to joining Bunzl, Brian qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG.

Current directorships/business interests: Finance director Bunzl plc, he intends to retire from this role on 31 December 2019. He is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: Brian contributes his considerable expertise in finance to the company primarily through the important position of chair of the audit committee. The industry knowledge he has gained during the six years as a board member, and his involvement in the second regulatory price review of his tenure, have provided continuity and knowledge to this vital long-term decision-making process.

Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter CBE

Independent non-executive director

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Responsibilities: To challenge constructively the executive directors and monitor the delivery of the strategy within the risk and control framework set by the board and to lead the board's agenda on acting responsibly as a business.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws (Hons).

Appointment to the board: September 2014.

Committee membership: Nomination, audit and corporate responsibility (chair).

Skills and experience: As the chief executive of a FTSE 100 listed company, Stephen brings current operational experience to the board. His public sector experience provides additional insight in regulation and government relations. His day-to-day experience in the information and technology industries ensures that the board is kept abreast of these areas of the company's operating environment.

Career experience: Previously held senior executive roles at Alcatel Lucent Inc. and a number of public sector/service roles, including serving a term as the founding chief executive of Ofcom. Former chairman Ashridge Business School. A Life Peer since 2008.

Current directorships/business interests: Group chief executive Informa plc and non-executive director Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: Stephen's experience as a current chief executive and his work in the public sector and government provides valuable insight.

Alison Goligher

Alison Goligher

Independent non-executive director

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Responsibilities: To challenge constructively the executive directors and monitor the delivery of the strategy within the risk and control framework set by the board.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Mathematical Physics, MEng Petroleum Engineering.

Appointment to the board: August 2016.

Committee membership: Nomination, remuneration and corporate responsibility.

Skills and experience: Alison has strong technical and capital project management skills, having been involved in large projects and the production side of Royal Dutch Shell's business. This experience of engineering and industrial sectors provides the board with additional insight into delivering United Utilities' capital investment programme.

Career experience: Royal Dutch Shell (2006 to 2015), her most recent executive role was Executive Vice President Upstream International Unconventionals. Prior to that she spent 17 years with Schlumberger, an international supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to the oil and gas industry.

Current directorships/business interests: Non-executive director Meggitt PLC, part-time executive chair Silixa Ltd and a board member of Edinburgh Business School. She is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: Alison's understanding of large capital projects and operational challenges provides valuable insight into the longer-term strategic risks faced by the business. Her role as the designated non-executive director for workforce engagement will provide the board with a first-hand understanding of the views of employees and the culture of the company.

Paulette Rowe

Paulette Rowe

Independent non-executive director

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Responsibilities: To challenge constructively the executive directors and monitor the delivery of the strategy within the risk and control framework set by the board.

Qualifications: MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Management, MBA.

Appointment to the board: July 2017.

Committee membership: Nomination and audit.

Skills and experience: Paulette has spent most of her career in the regulated finance industry and so provides the board with additional perspective and first-hand regulatory experience. Her experience of technology-driven transformation will contribute to United Utilities' customer experience programme and its Systems Thinking approach.

Career experience: Previously held roles include: managing director Barclaycard Payments Solutions; strategy director NBNK Investments plc; commercial and marketing director Tesco Personal Finance; chief executive, European Consumer Finance and managing director Royal Bank of Scotland. Former board member Prince's Youth Business Trust and former trustee and chair of children's charity The Mayor's Fund for London.

Current directorships/business interests: EMEA Executive Facebook Inc. since July 2018. She is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: Paulette shares her experience as a senior leader in financial services, and her current role in the technology sector, where technological innovations have driven improved customer service.

David Higgins

Sir David Higgins

Independent non-executive director

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Responsibilities: To challenge constructively the executive directors and monitor the delivery of the strategy within the risk and control framework set by the board and, in time, assume the role and responsibilities of Chairman.

Qualifications: BEng Civil Engineering, Diploma Securities Institute of Australia, Fellow: the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Appointment to the board: 13 May 2019.

Committee membership: Nomination.

Skills and experience: Sir David has spent his career overseeing high profile infrastructure projects including: the delivery of the Sydney Olympic Village and Aquatics centre; Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent; and the delivery of the 2012 London Olympic Infrastructure Project. He joined Network Rail in 2011, overseeing the operation of the rail network during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the major redevelopment of stations including Birmingham New Street and London King's Cross.

Career experience: Former chief executive of: Network Rail Limited; The Olympic Delivery Authority; and English Partnerships. Previous non-executive roles: chairman of High Speed Two Limited and Sirius Minerals plc.

Current directorships/business interests: Chairman of Gatwick Airport Limited. Non-executive director of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and chair of the remuneration committee and a member of the risk committee, he will step down in December 2019. He is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water Limited.

Specific contribution to the company's long-term success: Sir David's experience of major infrastructure projects will be invaluable in meeting the challenges of the next regulatory period and beyond. He will take over as Chairman on 1 January 2020.

Board role

Chairman

Executive Director

Senior independent non-executive director

Independent non-executive director

Committees membership

Nomination committee

Corporate responsibility committee

Treasury committee

Remuneration committee

Audit committee

Chair of the committee