Chris has 25 years’ experience as a CEO, CFO and non-executive director (NED) in a range of businesses operating in highly regulated environments (utilities and financial services), with a strong focus on customer service and long-term sustainability.
He was a co-founder of Glas Cymru Cyf., which acquired Welsh Water for £1.7 billion in 2001 to create the UK’s only non-shareholder, private utility company. Chris was CFO of Welsh Water from 2001 to 2013 and then CEO until he stepped down in May 2020.
He is currently a NED of Xoserve Limited (the Central Data Services Provider for Britain’s gas market) and is a former NED of Principality Building Society. He is a Member of the Council of Cardiff University and has had a range of trustee and advisory roles with third sector organisations, including The Prince’s Trust, The Institute of Welsh Affairs, Water UK and CBI Wales.
Chris is a Welsh speaker, having learned as an adult. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2020.
Adele Gritten, born and bred in Swansea, is an experienced Board level Executive skilled in General Management, Business Strategy, Business Development, Marketing and Communications, Market Research, Competitive Intelligence and Data Analytics.
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