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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 33 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

Dame Susan Rice CBE
Previously Lady Susan Rice CBE, she was awarded a Damehood in the 2018 New Year Honour's list for services to business, the arts and charity in Scotland. Dame Rice 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, the 2020 Climate Group and has held a range of other senior Non-Executive appointments, including a 7 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.

Matt Smith OBE
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 was a bench serving Justice for 30 years.  

James Coyle
James is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Risk Committee 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, 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. His 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; a member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Vocalink Plc, and a 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. Paul is 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 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 Cabot Energy 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 Barber was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2017. She 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 Non-Executive Director 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 and 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.

Deirdie Michie
Deirdre was appointed CEO of Oil and Gas UK in May 2015. She has an LLB Hons in Scots Law and has extensive experience as a senior business leader for Shell in the oil and gas industry, covering upstream, downstream and globally. She is a member of MER, the UK Government and Industry forum, and is also on the UK Treasury’s Oil Industry Fiscal Forum. As well as being a Non-Executive Board member of Scottish Water, she is a Board member of Opportunity North East and Chair of Common Data Access Limited. Deirdre is also a member of the Women’s Business Council, a UK Government body focused on increasing women’s contribution to economic growth and is also Sponsor of AXIS.

Ken Marnoch
Ken brings 29 years of energy industry experience having worked for Shell since graduating from Heriot-Watt University in 1988. Initially based offshore in the North Sea and onshore in Aberdeen, and subsequently 17 years in assignments overseas. His recent roles include leading regional and country businesses in the Gulf of Mexico, USA and Brunei, South-East Asia focusing on corporate responsibility, safety, bottom line delivery, digitalisation and investment in people. His international career has also included leading Internal Audit, major asset and infrastructure project delivery, strategic planning, managing Government and corporate joint ventures and delivering significant organisational change.