Anglian Water appoints former Kier Utilities MD as Director of its @one Alliance

Paul Fletcher with Kier since its 2013 acquisition of May Gurney, joined Anglia Water in September, but does not take over completely until January, on the departure of Dale Evans.

Dale Evans has headed the Alliance since its inception 15 years ago and is now moving into a consultancy role.

Anglian Waster’s @one Alliance comprises several of its suppliers, including Balfour Beatty, Barhale, Skanska, Mott MacDonald Bently, Stantec and Sweco.

Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson said “Paul will oversee our largest alliance, which will be vital in delivering Key projects for the rest of this investment period.  Crucially, Paul will lead much of the capital delivery in our largest ever programme between 2020 to 2025 a £6.5bn investment plan, nearly a third larger than ever before”.

“He brings a wealth of leadership experience from the sector and specifically our current partner organisations, which will be essential in driving the alliance forward in this new era and meeting the unique challenge in the water sector and this part of the country.  With Dale moving on it is essential we have a smooth transition between leadership so a substantial handover was always part of the plan.  I am delighted Paul is already in the business and ready to take over in the new year”.

Paul Fletcher said “This is both challenging and an exciting time for the water sector.  The Anglian region is growing fast yet it gets just half the national average rainfall – as little as Jerusalem, per person, so long term investment in resilience is vital.  The political agenda couples with these unique local features mean the spotlight really will be on our engineering prowess and our ability to deliver quality infrastructure, excellent customer service and efficiencies to keep customer bills low.  These challenges are a really exciting catalyst for change and I am delighted to be joining at this time, and am eager to lead the alliance through the next chapter in this forward-thinking organisation’s history”.

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