Kevin Whiteman will take over as non-executive chairman of NG Bailey when current chairman Nimble Thompson steps down at the end of July.
Mr Whiteman, who currently holds the position of non-executive chairman for Kelda Group and Yorkshire Water, brings more than 30 years’ experience.
He was appointed as chairman of Kelda Group and Yorkshire Water in 2010 after eight years as CEO of both companies. Prior to this, Kevin held roles including CEO for the National Rivers Authority, regional director for the Environment Agency, as well as a number of senior positions with British Coal.
His appointment will help inform and deliver NG Bailey’s growth strategy, which includes the expansion of its customer base in the utility industry.
Mr Thompson said:
I am very proud to have held the position of non-executive chairman at NG Bailey for 12 years – which is a long time to contribute to any business. I have really enjoyed my time with the company and I am delighted by Kevin’s appointment.
He will bring a fresh perspective, adding further strength and experience to the board. He holds a wealth of utility industry experience, as well as strategic and operational insight – all of which will benefit the business.
Mr Whiteman said:
I am delighted to accept this position with NG Bailey to help the company navigate what promises to be an exciting, yet challenging, period of growth and expansion.
In the past, Mr Whiteman has also held the role of chairman for Wales and West Gas Networks (UK) Limited and as a trustee for WaterAid UK. Mr Thompson will continue in his other non-executive directorship roles for Skipton Building Society, Henderson Insurance Brokers and Rushbond.
Mr Whiteman joined NG Bailey as a non-executive director on April 1, spending four months with the business, before Mr Thompson hands over the reins on July 31.