Nick Salmon

Independent Chair

Nick was appointed as Chair of South East Water on 1st April 2015. He brings a wealth of experience from a number of senior roles and an engineering background.

Nick is currently Senior Independent Director of Elementis plc and a Non-Executive Director at Interserve plc  and Acal plc. Nick served as the Senior Independent Director of United Utilities Group from 2007 to 2014. He was Chief Executive of Cookson Group from 2004 until the end of 2012 and prior to that an Executive Vice President of Alstom SA and Chief Executive of Babcock International Group.

Nick holds a BSc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Chris Girling

Independent Non-Executive Director

An experienced finance professional, Chris Girling has a background in a variety of sectors, including construction, support services, pharmaceuticals and aerospace. Chris retired as Group Finance Director of FTSE 250 Carillion Plc in 2007 and since then he has chaired three audit committees and one pension fund.

John Barnes

Independent Non-Executive Director
John was appointed to the Board in January 2016. Prior to his more recent involvement with a start-up company developing renewable energy schemes John had gained over thirty years’ experience in the Water sector, mainly in the UK, but with spells in the Middle East and New Zealand.  Previous roles for John include Contracts Director at Water Engineering Ltd and Chief Operating Officer at United Utilities. John is a non-executive director of the Mid-Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust and is Executive Chair of All Change for Crewe, focussed on making the most of inward investment to the town.

Célia Pronto

Independent Non-Executive Director

Célia was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 June 2018 and has a wealth of experience and expertise of the service sector in a range of industries. Célia is currently Chief Customer and Digital Officer of Casual Dining Group Ltd. She was previously Group Marketing & E-Commerce Director and board member of the Ford Retail Group. Célia is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Yes to Life, a cancer charity.

Marissa Szczepaniak


Non-Executive Director - Shareholder Nominated

Marissa is Investment Director at Vantage Infrastructure responsible for infrastructure and was appointed to the South East Water board in December 2016. Marissa has a Bachelor of Science in finance, accounting and economics and is also a non-executive director at rail company Porterbrook.

Rachel Drew 

Non-Executive Director - Shareholder Nominated

Rachel is an Investment Director at HRL Morrison and Co and was appointed to the South East Water board in December 2019.

Rachel has an MBA from the Judge Institute at University of Cambridge and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Auckland. Rachel is also a non-executive director at rail asset manager Porterbrook and the Northern Irish Gas Distribution business Phoenix Natural Gas. As well as experience in the financial investment industry Rachel has been an operational executive at NZ Bus, NZ’s largest public transport operator and a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.


David Hinton

Chief Executive Officer

David has more than 18 years’ experience at South East Water. He has a Masters in Business Administration and has held a number of different roles within the Company, including Asset and Regulation Director, Head of Water Quality and Head of Business Planning.

Andrew Farmer

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew has held a number of senior management posts in finance, most recently at MAG plc, the country's largest UK owned airport operator, and Doosan Power Systems, a leading manufacturing, energy technologies and services company.

Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London and then after a number of years in investment banking, he became the Investor Relations director for two FTSE 250 companies.


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