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Water Services Regulation Authority Board appointments

Jonson Cox re-appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of the Water Services Regulation Authority.

Jonson Cox has been re-appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat).

Jonson Cox, who was first appointed as Chairman on 1 November 2012, will now continue in his role for a further period of five years until 31 October 2020.

The re-appointment has been made by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in conjunction with the Welsh Government. All non-executive appointments to the Ofwat Board are made on merit and in accordance with the code of practice issued by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Ofwat is the independent economic regulator of the water and sewerage sector in England and Wales. Its main responsibility is to make sure that companies provide households and business customers with a quality service and value for money.

For further information go to OFWAT

Biographical details of Jonson Cox

Jonson Cox has more than 30 years’ business experience across a range of sectors. He has specialised in leading infrastructure businesses in challenging situations and in the turnarounds of public sector businesses in challenging situations.

After 13 years’ experience with Royal Dutch Shell group Jonson was appointed as MD of Yorkshire Water from 1996 to 2000 to restore business and regulatory performance after the company lost the confidence of its customers and the regulator.

From 2004 to 2010 as CEO of listed company Anglian Water Group plc, he led the turnaround from a long and sustained loss of shareholders’ confidence. The Group had lost the respect of the regulator and had diversified widely into loss making construction, support services and international operations. He restored it to being a top-rated, focused water company.

In 2012 he led the solvent restructuring of UK Coal plc, resolving a £500m pension deficit and creating a successful £350m listed brownfield company, Harworth Group plc. He remains Non-Executive Chairman of Harworth Group plc.

Jonson has served since 2012 as the Non-Executive Chairman of the independent economic regulator for the water sector, The Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat). During the last three years he has led the Board of Ofwat in the successful delivery of the 2014 Price Review and reframing of Ofwat’s approach to economic regulation.