Meet our executive team
Steve Mogford - Chief Executive Officer
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 set to retire in 2023 to be succeeded by Louise Beardmore.
Phil Aspin - Chief Financial Officer
Phil was appointed Chief Financial Officer designate on 28 February 2020 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 24 July 2020.
He has over 25 years’ experience working for United Utilities Group. Prior to his recent appointment he was group controller leading 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 - CEO designate
Louise is the CEO designate and successor to Steve Mogford who will retire in early 2023. Prior to her current role as Customer Service and People Director, Louise held a number of senior positions across the United Utilities Group, at North West Water, Norweb Plc and Vertex, leading teams in business transformation, water operations, customer service and people capabilities both in the UK and internationally for a number of well-known utility and retail brands. Louise is an advocate of the power of inclusion and employee engagement to drive superior business performance and is a Non-Executive Director of Engage for Success and Vice President of the Institute of Customer Service.
James Bullock - strategy and regulation director
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 - water, wastewater and digital director
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 - commercial, engineering and capital delivery director
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 has overall responsibility for any legal, governance and compliance issues affecting United Utilities. He leads the legal and company secretariat functions and was also Chairman of Tallinn Water, the group’s listed water utility joint venture in Estonia until its disposal in March 2021. In his time at UU, Simon has been involved in all the group’s corporate transactions and restructurings and led the supply chain function during the first Covid-19 lockdown. He is also currently responsible for security governance (physical as well as cyber) across the group. Simon joined United Utilities in 2002 from global engineering group, GKN.
Jo Harrison - director of environment, planning and innovation
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.
Gaynor Kenyon - corporate affairs director
Gaynor joined United Utilities from ScottishPower Plc where she was Government and Community Affairs Director, heading up the group’s UK public affairs function and responsible for its UK and US corporate responsibility strategy. She was previously Communications Director at Manweb, and a senior communications adviser to a number of government departments at the Central Office of Information having begun her career as a journalist. Gaynor is a board member of the North West Business Leadership Team and sits on the CBI’s North West Regional Council.
Paula Steer - health, safety and wellbeing and estates director
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 trustee of the United Utilities Pension Scheme.