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Our People

Geoff Aitkenhead, Chairman, Scottish Water International
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Geoff Aitkenhead has a long track record of successful leadership in a strongly regulated utility environment.

From 2002 to 2016, Geoff was a member of the Group Board and Executive Leadership Team of Scottish Water, playing a significant leadership role in the remarkable transformation of the water industry in Scotland.

As Scottish Water's Asset Management Director, he was accountable for the operation, maintenance and renewal of the company's physical assets. This involved leading all activities within the asset management cycle in relation to asset stock with a replacement value of £60 billion.

The capital investment programme required to upgrade and maintain Scotland's vital water and wastewater infrastructure peaked at c£700m per year, accounting for a third of all civil engineering in Scotland. During the 2002-16 period, Geoff oversaw the successful delivery of c£8 billion of capital investment programmes.

Geoff led the creation of two PLC companies established as special purpose vehicles for the delivery of capital investment programmes, and subsequently chaired the Boards of these companies. The companies involved a variety of utility, engineering and construction specialists as shareholders and delivery partners. One of the companies delivered c£2billion of investment programmes and the other delivered c£0.5 billion.

Since 2016, Geoff has developed a portfolio of Non-Executive roles including:
- Chair of Scottish Water International, a Scottish Water subsidiary consultancy business working with utility companies around the world to improve their effectiveness and efficiency
- Chair of Southern Water's Programme Executive Board, overseeing the delivery of a significant part of Southern Water's investment programme
- Associate of Ceannas, a niche consultancy business with a track record of working with Board members and executive leadership teams to develop successful leadership across a variety of sectors


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 CartyJohn 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.

SWI team members:

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.