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 senior independent non-executive director of G4S plc.
Russ Houlden - Chief Financial Officer
Russ has been Chief Financial Officer of United Utilities since 2010. Before that he was Chief Financial Officer of Telecom New Zealand and Finance Director of Lovells. Prior to that he was divisional Finance Director of BT Wholesale, BT Networks & Information Services, ICI Polyurethanes and ICI Japan.
In 2011-13 he was also a member of the Ecosystem Markets Task Force, reporting to three Secretaries of State of the UK Government and in 2014-20 he was also Chairman of the Financial Reporting Committee of the 100 Group, which represents the collective views of the FTSE100 on financial reporting matters.
Since 2014, he has also been an Independent Member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Orange Polska, which is the largest telecommunications company in Poland. In July 2020 Russ will retire from United Utilities to become the Audit & Risk Committee Chairman of Babcock International Group PLC, a leader in critical engineering services in defence and other markets, in addition to his role at Orange Polska.
Phil Aspin - Chief Financial Officer Designate
Phil was appointed Chief Financial Officer designate on 28 February 2020 and becomes Chief Financial Officer with effect from the close of business at the AGM 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 - customer services and people director
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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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.