The Board comprises four Executive and eight Non executive Members
Executive Members of the Board
Non-executive Members of the Board
Chairman: Ronnie Mercer
Ronnie was appointed Chair of Scottish Water in October 2007 after having been Interim Chair of Scottish Water since April 2006. Until his retirement from Scottish Power in March 2006 he was Executive Vice President - Operations at Scottish Power’s PacifiCorp subsidiary and an Executive Team Member of Scottish Power.
Ronnie moved to Scottish Power from British Steel in 1994 as Generation Director. In 1998 he became Managing Director of Scottish Power’s Southern Water subsidiary, after which he became a Group Director in the company.
Alan was formerly Managing Director of Energy Networks and Generation at Scottish Power. A graduate of the University of Strathclyde in 1981, he is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology,
He has served as a Non-executive Director of Iberdrola USA in New York, and is currently Chair of Viking Energy Scotland and an advisor in the utilities industry.
Donald Emslie is Chair of CHMC Ltd which manages hotels across UK and Ireland. He is also Chair of Thorpe Hall Leisure Ltd which owns the Lifehouse Spa & Hotel in Essex. He has recently stepped down from his position as Chair of the Royal Lyceum Theatre and he was previously Chief Executive of SMG plc.
Donald is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and The Royal Television Society and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Robert Gordon University for his services to television and media.
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.
Lynne became a Non Executive Director of Nationwide Building Society in July 2011 and joined the Board of Standard Life as a Non Executive Director in April 2012.
Douglas has over thirty years’ experience as a finance professional in a capital intensive industry. Most recently he was Finance Director of BG Group plc’s North Sea Business Unit and was accountable for a significant capital investment programme in the North Sea. He has extensive senior management experience in running oil and gas businesses in many different parts of the world. He will bring to Scottish Water valuable experience of significant capital investment programmes and a strong commitment to effective corporate governance, having chaired the Audit Committees of major businesses in a number of countries.
Douglas is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Matt is a former Secretary of UNISON, a post he held from 1993 until taking early retirement in late 2010. He served for many years on the STUC General Council, becoming president in 1999/2000. He is a lay member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Since leaving UNISON Matt has taken up a number of posts in the public and voluntary sectors. He is a part time Commissioner with the Scottish Human Rights Commission. Matt brings to Scottish Water knowledge and experience of workplace issues with knowledge and understanding of governance in Scotland.
Jim Spowart was the founder and Chief Executive of Direct Line Financial Services, Standard Life Bank and Intelligent Finance. Jim has considerable corporate experience and retired from Intelligent Finance in 2002.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University for his contribution to banking and also to the economic development of the central belt of Scotland where he created over 5,000 banking jobs. Since he retired he has been involved in various consultancy projects and assisted many companies including providing consultancy advice to various banks located both abroad and in the UK.
He is currently a Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (Special Economics Commission).
Andrew is Chief Executive of Costain Group PLC, the worldwide construction and engineering group. Prior to taking up this role in 2005, he worked for Taylor Woodrow where he was Managing Director of the construction business and was a member of the Group Executive Committee.
He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, has an MBA from London Business School and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the CBI Construction Council and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.