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Board Members

The Board comprises of the chair, three Executive and seven Non-executive Members.

Executive Members

Douglas Millican, Chief Executive
Douglas was appointed as Chief Executive in 2013 having previously been Finance and Regulation Director since Scottish Water was formed in 2002.  He was formerly with East of Scotland Water and, prior to this, he worked with Price Waterhouse and Tyco. He is a non-executive Director and Trustee of World Vision UK, where he Chairs the Finance Audit and Risk Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant with a BCom from the University of Edinburgh and is an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.  

Peter Farrer, Chief Operating Officer
Peter was formerly Customer Service Delivery Director and was General Manager of Operations. Prior to this he held various operational and engineering roles within Scottish Water’s predecessor organisations, East of Scotland Water and Lothian Water and Drainage. He has 32 years’ experience in the water industry since graduating from Heriot Watt University as a Civil Engineer in 1984. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, gained an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Vice-President of the Institute of Customer Service.

Alan Scott, Finance Director
Alan joined Scottish Water in September 2013 from Balfour Beatty Regional where he was Finance Director, having previously held the roles of Finance Director and Interim Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Engineering Services. He was Finance Director of Miller Construction for 8 years and has also held Finance Director positions in the oil service industry. He has an MA in Economics and Accounting from Aberdeen University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen where he spent 10 years in the Corporate Recovery Services Team.

Non-executive Members

Lady Susan Rice CBE
Lady Susan Rice CBE was appointed Chair of Scottish Water on 1 June 2015. She is also Chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission, Senior Independent Director of J Sainsbury Plc and Non-Executive Director of the North American Income Trust and Banking Standards Board. She was a member of the First Minister’s Council of Economic Advisors, Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland and was previously Chief Executive and then Chair of Lloyds TSB Scotland plc. She is also the Chair of Business Stream and has held a range of other senior Non-Executive appointments including a seven year term as a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England and 11 years as a Non-Executive Director of SSE plc. She is also the President of Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

Alan Bryce
Alan was formerly Managing Director of Energy Networks and Generation at Scottish Power, and a Non-Executive Director of Infinis Energy plc and of Iberdrola USA in New York. He is currently Chair of Viking Energy Shetland, a Non-Executive Director of Jersey Electricity Plc, and an advisor in the utilities industry. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Lynne Peacock
Lynne is a former Chief Executive of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, a role that she held from 2004 until 2011. She started her career in banking in 1983 with the Woolwich, joining the Woolwich Board in 1996, and became Chief Executive in 2000. She became a Non-Executive Director of Nationwide Building Society in July 2011, and the Senior Independent Director in July 2016.  She also chairs the Remuneration Committee. She joined the Board of the Standard Life Group as a Non-Executive Director in April 2012 and became Chair of Standard Life Assurance Limited in April 2016. Lynne is also Chair of the Trustees of the Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities. 

Matt Smith OBE JP
Matt is the former Scottish Secretary of UNISON, served as STUC President in 1999/2000 and until recently was a member of the Standards Commission for Scotland. He is a member of the Scottish Police Authority;  the Employment Appeal Tribunal; the Central Arbitration Committee and serves as a Scottish Human Rights Commissioner.  Matt is a Fellow of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and was recently appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for Ayrshire and Arran.  He serves on the Regulation Board of ICAS and on CIPFA’s Investigation Committee.  He is a Director of Unity Enterprise and has been a bench serving Justice for 30 years.  

Jim Coyle, BAcc CA FCIBS
Jim is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Risk Comm of HSBC Bank Plc Chairman of HSBC Trust Co (UK) Ltd and Marks and Spencer Bank Plc. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Building Society and a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s Monitoring Committee, a member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Honeycomb Investment Trust Plc.  Former appointments include: Deputy FD for Lloyds Banking Group; Group Chief Accountant of Bank of Scotland; member of the Audit Committee of the British Bankers Association; a Director of Scottish Financial Enterprise; and a member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Vocalink Plc, member of the Financial Reporting Council’s Reporting Review Panel and the ICAS Council. 

Paul Smith
Paul is formerly the Managing Director of Generation at SSE Plc. He is currently chair of Capstone Power Corporation in Canada, a member of the Edinburgh University Business School International Advisory Board, Energy Institute Council Member  and also an advisor to the Energy, Infrastructure and Asset Management industries. A graduate chemical engineer from Edinburgh University with an MBA from Henley Management College. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Energy Institute.

Iain M Lanaghan 
Iain Lanaghan was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2017. He is an experienced Non-Executive Director and former Main Board Finance Director. He is founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Metropolitan European Transport, one of Germany’s largest private bus companies, and is also a Non-Executive Director of UK Government–owned National Nuclear Laboratory and Ministry of Defence DE&S, and of Northern Petroleum Plc.  Previously, he was Finance Director of FirstGroup plc, Faroe Petroleum plc, PowerGen International and Atlantic Power. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, having qualified with KPMG in London.

Samantha Barber
Samantha has worked at CEO and Board level in both the UK & Internationally for over 20 years. She worked in Brussels as a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament for 4 years and was CEO at Scottish Business in the Community for 9 years. Samantha took up her first NED position in 2000 joining the Board of Right Track in Glasgow. She also joined the Scottish Power Advisory Board in 2007 and was appointed to the main Board of the parent company, Iberdrola in 2008 where she is currently Chair of the Corporate Governance & Compliance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Samantha is also a Vice-Chair of the 2020 Business Group on Climate Change, Chair of the Scottish Ensemble and an Advisory Board member at Imperial College London.