Meet our executive team

  • Steve Mogford - chief executive officer

    Steve Mogford

    Career experience:

    Steve previously spent three years as chief executive of SELEX Galileo, the defence electronics company owned by Finmeccanica, He was chief operating officer at BAE Systems PLC and a member of the PLC Board, having spent his earlier career with British Aerospace PLC. Steve has been appointed as the senior independent director of G4S plc with effect from 27 May 2016.

  • Russ Houlden - chief financial officer

    Russ Houlden

    Career experience:

    Russ was previously chief financial officer at Telecom New Zealand; finance director at global law firm, Lovells; finance director at BT Wholesale; finance director at BT Networks & IS; finance director at ICI Polyurethanes and finance director at ICI Japan. He is an independent member of the Supervisory Board of Orange Polska S.A. which is listed on the Warsaw and London stock exchanges.

  • Louise Beardmore - customer services and people director

    Louise Beardmore

    Career experience:

    Working for the United Utilities Group for over 20 years, Louise has held a number of senior positions at North West Water, Norweb Plc, Vertex and United Utilities, leading teams in water operations, customer services and HR. Prior to her current role, Louise was head of business transformation for United Utilities, managing all aspects of transformation across the Group driving people, process and technology changes to improve service and drive efficiency.

  • James Bullock - strategy and regulation director

    James Bullock

    Career experience:

    James joined United Utilities in 2012 as director of economic regulation. He started his career at PwC in London and has also held a variety of roles at ABN AMRO Investment Bank, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) and Water UK. 

  • Simon Gardiner - general counsel and company secretary

    Simon Gardiner

     Career experience:

    Simon joined United Utilities in 2002 as head of legal. He is also a director of AS Tallinna Vesi. Simon was previously legal counsel for the engineering group, GKN and an Associate at the law firm, Osborne Clarke.


  • Gaynor Kenyon - corporate affairs director

    Gaynor Kenyon


    Career experience:

    Gaynor joined United Utilities from Scottish Power where she was government and community affairs director. She previously worked for electricity company Manweb, the Government's Central Office of Information and as a journalist.