Our business

Management team

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.

Rachel Barber, MBA - Customer Service Director
Rachel has more than 20 years' water industry experience. She joined South Staffs Water in 1990 and was Director of Customer Services and Director of Distribution before taking on the role as Customer Service Director.

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.

Colin Wayper, BSc, CEng, MICE, MCIWEM - Operations Director
Colin has 30 years' water industry experience, mainly associated with water distribution and asset management. He joined South Staffs Water in 2000. In 2008 he was appointed Director of Network Management and now has the role of Operations Director.

He is responsible for underground asset management, network performance management, network engineering and hydraulic modelling and leakage management. Prior to joining the company, Colin worked in a number of water companies in North East England, as well as at OFWAT and RPS Water Services.

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

Board of Directors

Adrian Page
- Executive Chairman
Phil Newland - Managing Director
Sir James Perowne - Senior Independent Director
Keith Harris - Independent Non-Executive
Stephen Kay
- Independent Non-Executive
Oleg Shamovsky - Non-Executive
Ram Kumar - Non-Executive