Environment minister Ian Pearson has announced two new non-executive board members - Michael Brooker and Gillian Owen for the water regulator, Ofwat.
Michael Brooker retired as chief executive of Welsh Water in 2005 after 25 years career in the Welsh water industry. He is currently a non-executive member of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland and a non-executive member of the Executive Board of the Natural Environmental Research Council.Gillian Owen is an independent consultant, a senior research fellow at the centre for management under regulation at Warwick Business School, and policy and regulation adviser to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership. Owen was previously a member of the Competition Commission, a non-executive director at Ofgem and a member of the Bedfordshire Police Authority.Philip Fletcher, chairman of the Ofwat Board said: 'The appointments of Mike Brooker and Gill Owen will add to the expertise of the Ofwat Board in continuing to protect consumers' interests, regulate the water industry in a fair and balanced way, promote competition wherever appropriate and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development.'The appointments procedure began following the resignation of Lord Whitty from the Ofwat board in August, following his appointment to the board of the Environment Agency.