Paul Butler, Managing Director of South East Water has decided to retire from the company at the end of July 2020, having served as Managing Director of South East Water and previously Mid Kent Water for 18 years.

Nick Salmon, Chair of South East Water also announced that David Hinton, currently Asset and Regulation Director, will take over as Chief Executive from 1 August 2020.

Paul Butler, said: “Not an easy decision to retire, but it is an appropriate time.  The new five year regulatory period will have just commenced and there will be much to achieve.

“I am very proud of the way South East Water has delivered improved performance year on year, since our successful merger with
Mid Kent Water back in 2007.  I am also certain that the business will do an even better job for its customers and the environment in the future given all the skilled and committed employees who work at South East Water.”

Nick Salmon commented: “We are pleased to have David Hinton’s expertise and capability to succeed Paul.  David has been with the business for 20 years.  Having started on the bench in our microbiology laboratory, he has held many strategic roles across the business, currently being the lead executive for the price review process.”

Speaking about his appointment, David said: “I am honoured and delighted to be taking on the role.  We have a great team of people at South East Water and I look forward to leading them to achieve our priorities for the future.”

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