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Our People

Geoff Aitkenhead, Chairman, Scottish Water International 

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Geoff Aitkenhead is Chairman of Scottish Water International and the Executive Director - Capital Investment of Scottish Water.  He held the post of Scottish Water’s Asset Management Director from 2002 to 2015.  Prior to 2002, Geoff was General Manager - Customer Services and Networks of East of Scotland Water (ESW). 
 
Geoff spent his early career in the English water industry (Northumberland and North West) and as a consulting engineer in Qatar.  Geoff is a graduate of Newcastle University, a member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. 
 
Geoff is a former Chairman of WaterAid (Scotland), an organisation dedicated to the provision of clean water and sanitation in the developing world.
 



Ken Hutchison MBA CEng MICE, Managing Director, Scottish Water International

Ken HutchisonIn 2016, Ken was appointed as the Managing Director of Scottish Water International.  Ken’s prime focus is to export Scottish Water’s skills, experience and knowledge around the globe.

Ken is the former Director of Capital Investment for Scottish Water and he provided overall direction and leadership for the development and delivery of a customer-focused, safe and efficient capital investment portfolio (c£500m/year).

Ken’s career spans 25 years in the water industry in Scotland in various senior management roles.  He has worked across a wide spectrum from design, construction, operations, and customer service.  Ken has led significant change projects which have transformed Scottish Water's operational and capital efficiency and have delivered significant customer value.

 




International Consultants:
 

Allan MacMaster 
Alan McMaster
Until recently, Allan was a member of SW’s management team within the Asset Management Directorate.  He is recognised as an expert in asset data management and has received major interest from the UK and International utility industry through the leading edge technology implemented in Scotland. 
 
Allan’s current role, for Scottish Water International (SWI), is Capital Programme Business Enhancement Manager with SA Water in Adelaide, Australia.  Allan is working alongside SA Water and KBR personnel to share their knowledge and experience of developing a customer focussed and evidence led intelligent client.
 
Previously, Allan was SWI’s Client Partner at Irish Water.  Irish Water is Ireland’s new national water utility, bringing the water services of the 31 Irish Local Authorities together into one national service provider.  Allan’s role has been instrumental in supporting Irish Water’s Operations and Maintenance and Asset Management department in creating the asset standards required of a high-performance organisation.




John Carty

John Carty
John has extensive experience in the design and delivery of major change programmes at Yorkshire Water, Scottish Water and Glasgow City Council, from the conceptualisation of change, through the delivery of significant change portfolios (including programme, project delivery and Programme Management Office), specialising in the behavioural, cultural and people aspects of organisational change.

He also has vast experience in the management and delivery of large and complex capital programmes. During 2014 John led the review of the Water Services business unit within the City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a contract that is being delivered by Scottish Water International.  We have been successful in securing a second contract within the City of Calgary to carry out the later stage review of their Water Resources business unit and John is undertaking the role of Assignment Manager.  He is also project managing another of our contracts in Ireland – the Water Industry Operating Framework (WIOF) assignment to which we are contracted as sub-consultants to EY.





Chris Carroll
Chris Carroll
Chris has over 15 years of experience in Customer Service Operations, leading operational teams and customer service improvement programmes in both the Private and Public sectors.  Since joining Scottish Water in 2007, Chris has been involved in a number of diverse roles, from supporting the implementation of changes to the Water Retail Market in 2008, having a lead role in Scottish Water’s business restructure, through to managing field operational teams delivering direct service to our customers.
 
Since 2012, Chris has led Scottish Water International’s flagship Asset Management contract in Qatar in his role as Customer Service Manager and General Manager of Scottish Water Horizons, Qatar.  This 5-year programme will deliver improved operational performance and customer service for Qatar’s main utility, Ashghal.





SWI team members:


Colin Pollock, Commercial Lead
  

Colin
Colin is responsible for converting business opportunities for Scottish Water International into commercial contracts. Colin recruits and leads teams of technical industry experts, often working with strategic partners, to submit high quality proposals to prospective clients, with the aim of establishing reputationally enhancing projects for Scottish Water International. Colin negotiates with clients, partners and prime contractors to agree terms for proposals, contracts and partnership agreements, and holds accountability for compliance with the internal governance framework.



 


Lidia Niemczuk-Greer, Projects Coordinator  Lidia

Lidia manages live projects, staff welfare and resource management.
 












Claire Sharp, Business Development Coordinator 

Claire manages overseas events and facilitates international visits, study tours and internships to Scottish Water. Claire also has a commercial liaison role to put in place mechanisms that allow us to identify suitable commercial opportunities.