Meet our executive team

  • Steve Mogford - Chief Executive Officer

    Steve Mogford

    Career experience:

    Steve was appointed to United Utilities as Chief Executive Officer in 2011. His previous roles include: 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 the PLC board. He spent his earlier career with British Aerospace PLC. Steve is senior independent non-executive director of G4S plc.

  • Russ Houlden - Chief Financial Officer

    Russ Houlden

    Career experience:

    Russ joined United Utilities in 2010. He was previously Chief Financial Officer at Telecom New Zealand and finance director of: Lovells; BT Wholesale; BT Networks & Information Services; ICI Polyurethanes and ICI Japan. He is an independent member of the Supervisory Board and chairman of the audit committee of Orange Polska S.A. which is listed on the Warsaw and London stock exchanges. He chairs the financial reporting committee of the 100 group.

  • Phil Aspin - group controller

    Phil Aspin

    Career experience:

    Phil has over 25 years’ experience working for the United Utilities Group. He was appointed group controller in 2011 and leads a team responsible for all aspects of the group’s financial reporting, having previously been group treasurer. He was appointed as a member of EFRAG TEG from 2015 to 2017, and prior to joining United Utilities he worked for KPMG.

  • 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 Chadwick - digital services & central operations director

    Simon Chadwick

    Career experience:

    Simon joined United Utilities in 1997 and has held a wide variety of senior operational and transformation roles across the business in both customer service and front-line operations. Simon now heads up digital services & central operations, focusing on transforming the business through people, process and technology innovations to achieve the company’s Systems Thinking strategy. 

  • Kevin Fowlie - network delivery director

    Kevin Fowlie

    Career experience:

    Kevin joined United Utilities in 2018 prior to which he was managing director of the utilities division at Amey Plc. Kevin held a number of senior positions within Enterprise Plc, before it was acquired by Amey in 2013. During his career he has lead teams in operations, commercial, business development and IT. Kevin is a director of Street Works UK and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.

     

  • Simon Gardiner - general counsel and company secretary

    Simon Gardiner

    Career experience:

    Simon has overall responsibility for any legal, governance and compliance issues affecting United Utilities. He leads the legal, commercial and company secretariat functions and is also Chairman of AS Tallinna Vesi, the group’s joint venture in Estonia. Simon joined United Utilities in 2002 from global engineering group, GKN. 

     

  • Jo Harrison - environment and asset strategy director

    Jo Harrison

    Career experience:

    Jo has worked for United Utilities since 1998. In her current role she is accountable for leading our environmental and asset strategy for the business for the next 25 years; including developing and strengthening the company’s approach to asset management, resilience, climate change and environmental regulation. She is a chartered member of the Institute of Water and Environmental Managers and a Chartered Environmentalist.

  • Keith Haslett - director of wastewater

    Keith Haslett

    Career experience:

    Keith joined United Utilities in 2014 as an Area Business Manager.  He is a chartered civil engineer and started his career at Black & Veatch in Scotland, then held various roles at Northern Ireland Water. He is also a director of AS Tallinna Vesi, the group’s joint venture in Estonia.

  • 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.

  • Tom Lissett - bioresources and energy services director

    Tom Lissett

    Career experience:

    Working for the United Utilities for 16 years, Tom has held a number of senior roles across the organisation specialising in operations and business transformation across both the appointed and non-appointed businesses. Most recently Tom has focussed on business readiness for the new bioresource markets and leading all energy activity for the company as part of our carbon neutrality aspirations.

  • Martin Padley - water processes and scientific services director

    Martin Padley

    Career experience:

    Working for United Utilities for over 20 years, Martin has held a number of senior operational, technical and regulatory roles. He is also a director of AS Tallinna Vesi, the group’s joint venture in Estonia and chair of the Water Industry Standards Board.

  • Richard Ratcliff - engineering director

    Richard Ratcliffe

    Career experience:

    Richard joined United Utilities in 2015 from MWH where he was water sector director for the UK. Prior to joining United Utilities he held various technical and commercial roles within Jacobs, Bechtel and MWH.  He is a process engineer and has worked extensively in the water industry in the UK, Australia, Middle East and the Netherlands.

  • Paula Steer - health, safety and wellbeing and estates director

    Paula Steer

    Career experience:

    Working for the United Utilities group for over 30 years Paula has held a number of senior positions across the business. As a director of United Utilities Property Services Limited she is responsible for managing the group’s extensive land and property estate.  She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a non-executive director of Your Housing group, a position she has held since 2018.